Rachel has praised campaigners after the right to paid leave for bereaved parents was officially enshrined in UK law.
The Parental Leave and Pay Bill was given Royal Assent by the Queen today (September 13th).
The new law is the first of its kind in the UK and will support those affected by the tragedy of childhood mortality. Paid parental bereavement leave is expected to come into force in 2020.
The new Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act will give 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.
This new law honours the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to introduce a new entitlement to parental bereavement leave.
Rachel said: “The pain of losing a child must be utterly unimaginable. My heart goes out to anyone who has tragically lost their child. I can’t imagine their pain.
“Whilst most employers treat their staff with dignity and compassion following the loss of a child, we still hear stories of grieving parents being forced back to work too early.
“I am delighted that parents in this awful situation will now have the protection of paid leave enshrined in law, and we should be very proud that the UK now has one of the best worker’s rights in this area in the world.”