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Detail of outcome
The government response sets out how the government will approach key aspects of the policy to be set in Regulations.
As a result of the responses received, government has taken the following decisions:
- the policy will use a broad definition of a ‘bereaved parent’
- parental bereavement leave and pay can be taken as a single block, or as 2 separate weeks
- employed parents will have a window of 56 weeks to use the entitlement
- notice requirements will be flexible and will distinguish between leave taken very soon and leave taken at a later period
- evidence requirements will mirror existing requirements used for other family leave and pay rights, where it is practicable to do so.
Detail of feedback received
The public consultation received 1448 responses. The majority of these came from individuals, but we also received responses from:
- business services
- professional groups
- trade unions
- central government
We’re seeking views on key issues which will help to shape the policy on Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay, to ensure that the policy is right both for those who seek to rely on it and those who have to administer it.
It focuses on:
- the definition of a bereaved parent
- how and when to take the leave
- notice and evidence requirements.
We welcome views from working parents, employers, groups representing working parents and employers, groups involved in bereavement care, and legal, HR and payroll professionals.