On Wednesday 4th March, we held an event in Westminster asking MP’s and Lords to pledge their support to our campaign to extend bereavement leave and pay and to sign Patricia Gibson MP’s Bill on bereavement leave and pay which was introduced to the House of Commons on 29th June 2021 and had its Second Reading on the 6th May 2022.
It was great to work alongside Patricia Gibson MP, Lucy Herd, the Grief Educator and Lord Knight of Weymouth on this important area and we were excited to provide a photo opportunity with our CIPD designed heart placards.
We were overwhelmed by the response and the number of cross-party MP’s who pledged their support for the extension of bereavement leave and pay. Below is just a selection of the photos, with supportive MP’s sending a press release to their local media after the event.
On 6th April 2020, legislation known as ‘Jack’s Law’ came into effect. It entitles all employees who lose a child under the age of 18, or whose child is stillborn from 24 weeks of pregnancy, to a statutory minimum of two weeks’ leave. The law is named after Lucy Herd’s son Jack, who has campaigned tirelessly on this issue and always envisaged the provision being extended more widely, so that many more employees could benefit from the support.
The CIPD launched guidance for organisations and separate guidance for line managers on the importance of compassionate workplace bereavement support, in July 2020. At the same time, along with Lucy Herd, The Grief Educator, and other companies such as Cruse Bereavement, we also called on the Government to extend parental bereavement leave and pay to employees experiencing the bereavement of a close family member.
We very much welcome Patricia Gibson MP’s Bill in this area and hopefully moving one step closer to introducing much needed statutory support for employees experiencing a close family bereavement.
Links to MP’s press notices
Owen Thompson MP- Midlothian's MP backs the extension of bereavement leave and pay scheme | Edinburgh News (scotsman.com)
Angela Crawley MP- Support to extend Jack's Law - (angelacrawleymp.com)
Mary Kelly Foy MP- https://www.maryfoy.org.uk/2022/03/02/mary-voices-support-for-the-extension-of-bereavement-leave-and-pay/
Scott Benton MP- Scott Benton MP backs for the extension of bereavement leave and pay | Scott Benton
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