Guidance for employers on the new right to statutory parental bereavement leave and pay
The government has published guidance for employers on the new right to statutory parental bereavement leave and pay which came into force on 6 April 2020.
The guidance confirms what an employee's entitlements are to statutory bereavement leave and pay, who is eligible, the notice that must be given by an employee to start and cancel leave and pay, how employers should deal with requests for employees who are not eligible, and the records that an employer must keep in respect of payments made.
It also confirms that assistance for bereavement pay is available for employers: payments can be reclaimed from the government, and applications may be made by employers for a government advance if they cannot afford to make the payments in the first place.
For further details about statutory bereavement leave and pay, please contact Rebecca Ryan.