Introduction of Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay

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A new statutory entitlement and payment is to be introduced from 5th April 2020 which is aimed at supporting parents who lose a child under the age of 18 years.

This new entitlement was introduced in the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 providing parental bereavement leave (PBL) and statutory parental bereavement pay (SPBP) to any parents who qualify whose child dies under the age of 18 or who suffers a stillbirth from week 24 of pregnancy. The Act was given Royal Assent in September, 2018 but we are still waiting for confirmation of the finer detail.

Information that we do have is as follows:
  • The new right to pay and leave will be available to parents of children whose date of death is on or after 6th April, 2020.
  • In the case of still birth, the date of death will be the date of birth of the stillborn child.
  • Where more than one death occurs, whether at the same time or some time apart, there will be an entitlement to SPBP for each child.
  • Primary carers or parents will be entitled to up to two weeks’ leave.
  • Leave can be taken in one block or two separate blocks of one week and must be taken within 56 weeks from the date of death. (This means it can be added onto the end of maternity leave.)
  • Employers will be entitled to recover SPBP from the Government at either 92% or 103% if their NI Bill for the last complete tax year prior to the child’s death was less than £45,000.
  • The rates of pay have yet to be confirmed but will mirror the payments made for Statutory Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay (currently £148.68 per week or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if lower than this sum).


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