The government has announced new legal rights for parents also known as Jack’s Law. From April, working parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks of statutory paid leave from work.
The new regulations have been inspired by 23 month old Jack Herd who died in 2010. His mother, Lucy, found that the law only allowed Jack’s father three days off work to grieve, one of which had to be for the funeral. This, she found, was far from a singular experience but one shared by many parents throughout the country.
Lucy said: “In the immediate aftermath of a child dying, parents have to cope with their own loss, the grief of their wider family, including other children, as well as a vast amount of administrative paperwork and other arrangements. A sudden or accidental death may require a postmortem or inquest, there is a funeral to arrange and there are many other organisations to contact, from schools to benefit offices.
“When I started this campaign 10 years ago after the death of my son Jack, I always hoped that a positive change would happen in his memory. Knowing that nearly 10 years of campaigning has helped create Jack’s Law is the most wonderful feeling, but it is bittersweet at the same time.”
The new law also states that the two weeks can be spread as two separate blocks of one week taken at different times across the first year of the child’s death. This could be helpful to parents who would find it more beneficial at a latter date, for example, at the time of the first anniversary.
For more information please click here for a link to the gov.uk page.
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