PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL TO EXTEND THE RIGHT TO BEREAVEMENT LEAVE TO ALL EMPLOYEES
I was delighted to present my Private Member’s Bill today, calling for statutory paid bereavement leave for all employees who lose a close family member.
Since April 2020, those who lose a child, up to the age of 18 are eligible for two weeks paid bereavement leave. However, for all other workers, time off work following the loss of a close family member is entirely at the discretion of your employer.
Bereavement is a fact of life and the global health pandemic has brought the profound and cruelly random nature of loss and bereavement into sharp focus. Across the UK, 7.9 million working people have experienced a bereavement in the past year.
The law needs to enshrine the right to grieve for everyone, and that is what my Bill, which has attracted support from every political party, seeks to do.
The Bill will now go forward for a second reading in the autumn. Please see me presenting this Bill earlier today in the Commons.