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Bereavement Leave: Parents

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 900038, tabled on 21 June 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the merits of introducing statutory paid leave for parents who suffer the loss of a child.

Answered on

27 June 2017

I know my Hon. Friend has done a considerable amount of work on this, given his own tragic experience. I would like to reassure him that we are exploring options for supporting bereaved parents in employment.

We would expect employers to be compassionate and flexible at such a difficult time, however we understand this is not always the case.

So we are looking at ways to enable parents to take time away from work to grieve.

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