For the first time, parents who are employed and have suffered the death of a child would receive statutory paid leave to grieve, under a new law being supported by the Government. Currently, employees have a day-one right to take a “reasonable” amount of time off work to deal with a family or dependant emergency. What is reasonable depends on the circumstances but in practice the length of time off will be agreed between the employer and the employee. This Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 20 October 2017.
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