Our collective employment team in Manchester, Liverpool and Preston over the last two years has been monitoring the development of Parental Leave and Parental Bereavement Leave, which is reflecting in our previous articles and updates to clients.

It is therefore great to see that The Parental and Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations, which will be known as Jack's Law is set to take effect from April 2020.

Jack's Law is in memory of Jack Herd, whose mother Lucy has campaigned effortless since 2010 to ensure that parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, irrespective of how long they have worked for their employer for will be entitled to take leave as either a single block of two weeks, or as two separate blocks of one week each taken at different times across the first year after their child's death.

These new rules will be the most generous of their type in the world.  However, the Federation of Small Businesses has already called for the legislation to be bolstered further with the creation of a parental bereavement allowance for the self-employed.

Having listened to Lucy Herd this morning on the radio whilst driving into work , I had a smile on my face as well as a tear in my eye.  What a inspiring and strong person to have fought for something that will have a positive impact on so many families from a situation that is so devastating.