Policy Considerations: Paid Leave for Bereaved Parents and Victims of Domestic Violence

Posted in : The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 11 May 2022
Leeanne Armstrong
Issues covered: Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay; Domestic Abuse; Safe Leave; Policies and Procedures


Despite the recent political instability at Stormont, two significant pieces of legislation were introduced regarding employee leave entitlements prior to the dissolution of the Assembly ahead of the elections on 5 May.  They were: 

  1. Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022; and 
  1. Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022. 

The first piece of legislation introduces a right for parents to take 2 weeks’ paid leave following the death of a child under 18, or if they suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Enabling Regulations under the Parental Bereavement Leave Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022, and the

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This article is correct at 11/05/2022

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