Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill - Committee Stage

Call for Evidence

The Committee for the Economy would like to hear your views!


The Committee for the Economy is seeking your views on the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill. The Bill focuses on three key areas:

  • the definition of a bereaved parent
  • how and when to take the leave
  • notice and evidence requirements.

This Bill will, if passed, require the Minister for the Economy to introduce regulations creating a legal requirement for all employers to grant a period of a minimum of 2 weeks of Parental Bereavement Leave, with pay (if eligible) at the statutory flat rate. This would give parents the opportunity to grieve without feeling the pressure of having to be at work at such a challenging time. 


Why we are consulting

The Committee for the Economy wants to ensure that this legislation works for both bereaved parents who find themselves in such difficult circumstances, and for employers who administer the statutory entitlements.

Please let the Committee know your views by completing the short survey below.


Give us your views

Please note that the deadline for submissions is 5pm Monday 16 August 2021.


Further information

If you would like to request an alternative format to give comments, or have any other queries, please contact the Committee for the Economy on 02890 521799 or by emailing

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