Queen Elizabeth II signs bill allowing paid leave for parents over child’s death

Queen Elizabeth II has signed the first ever government law that would allow paid leave from work for parents who suffer the death of a child.

The new law to support parents affected by the tragedy of childhood mortality is expected to come into force in 2020, and was welcomed by charities offering help to bereaved moms and dads.

The Parental Leave and Pay Bill will give employed parents who lose a child under 18 years of age two weeks’ leave when it comes into force in 2020, and according to Business minister Kelly Tolhurst, the law makes Parental Bereavement Leave a legal right for the first time in the UK’s history.

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