Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill Survey

Closed 16 Aug 2021

Opened 23 Jun 2021


The Committee for the Economy is seeking your views on the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill. The Bill focuses on three key areas:

  • the definition of a bereaved parent
  • how and when to take the leave
  • notice and evidence requirements.

This Bill will, if passed, require the Minister for the Economy to introduce regulations creating a legal requirement for all employers to grant a period of a minimum of 2 weeks of Parental Bereavement Leave, with pay (if eligible) at the statutory flat rate. This would give parents the opportunity to grieve without feeling the pressure of having to be at work at such a challenging time. 

You can view a copy of the Bill and Explanatory Memorandum on the Committee webpage at


Why your views matter

The Committee for the Economy wants to ensure that this legislation works for both bereaved parents who find themselves in such difficult circumstances, and for employers who administer the statutory entitlements.

Please let the Committee know your views by completing the short survey below by Monday 16th August at 5pm.

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