The government passed legislation on the Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act.

From 6 April 2020 all employed parents whose child dies (under the age of 18), or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, irrespective of how long they have worked for their employer, will be eligible for two weeks paid leave. 

The new Act will be called Jack’s Law in memory of Lucy Herd’s son. Lucy spearheaded the campaign for change. 

Clea Harmer, Chief Executive at Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, said: “Sands welcomes and fully supports the new Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act, that will ensure all bereaved parents will have a right to at least two weeks’ paid leave from work in addition to their existing parental leave entitlement." Continue reading