What are an Employee’s Rights when they Suffer the Death of a Child?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 10 March 2023
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Leave; Wellbeing

An employee is entitled to take time off work if they have a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy or if their child dies before turning 18. Under the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022, an employee is entitled to two weeks’ parental bereavement leave regardless of their length of service; the minimum period of leave being one week.

The leave can be taken at any time within a period of 56 weeks from the date that the child died or stillbirth occurred; this allows an employee flexibility to manage their grief in the year following their child’s death for example, taking the leave over the anniversary of the child’s death.

During a period of parental

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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