Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Consultation - Please Contact Us With Your Views

Parental bereavement leave consultation.

The Department for the Economy has launched a public consultation on the introduction of new rights to Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay in Northern Ireland. 

 

At the moment in Northern Ireland there is no specific entitlement to Parental Bereavement leave or pay for employed parents following the loss of a child. 

The proposed Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay legislation for Northern Ireland is likely to mirror the legislation in the rest of the UK.  It will provide a minimum level of support for bereaved parents following the loss of a child and will offer a degree of protection that currently does not exist.

 

This consultation focuses on four essential pillars of Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay legislation namely: 

  • the definition of a ‘bereaved parent’; 
  • defining how and when Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave can be taken; 
  • identifying what level and length of notice period would be necessary; and
  • establishing what evidence may be required to show that an employee is entitled to leave and pay under the regulations.

The full detail of the consultation is available here:

https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/consultations/parental-bereavement-leave-and-pay.

 

The closing date for this consultation is Monday 10th August 2020. 

 

Please contact Siobhán on policy@wsn.org.uk if you would like to feed into the Consortium’s response to this consultation or if you know any women who would like to provide input to this.