South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed the passage of legislation granting statutory time off work for grieving parents.
The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act achieved Royal Assent on 13th September, giving all employed parents a day-one right to 2 weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Employed parents will also be able to claim pay for this period, subject to meeting eligibility criteria, which is expected to come into force in 2020.
Mr Dunne, who has supported the legislation through the House of Commons, including through his previous role as a Health Minister, said:
“I am very pleased we have enshrined in law the right to time off work for those who lose a child or suffer a stillbirth, through a Private Members Bill with both government support and wider cross party support.
Losing a child is an unimaginably traumatic experience, and I pay tribute to those campaigners who have bravely shared their own stories of bereavement, including some of my colleagues in the House of Commons.
It is right that we do what we can to recognise the impact losing a child can have on people’s lives, and give grieving parents the support they need at the most difficult of times.”