When someone is bereaved it is vital that employers recognise the impact and provide appropriate support within the workplace. This includes providing compassionate leave and a caring response on return to work. All organisations should have a bereavement policy in place and provide training to all line managers and HR professionals.
Cruse is calling for:
- Statutory bereavement leave
- All employers to have a bereavement policy in place
- All line managers and HR professionals to be trained in bereavement in the workplace
Bereavement leave for parents
In 2018 we were delighted to see that a new workplace right to leave for bereaved parents was approved. Employed parents who lose a child under 18 will receive 2 weeks’ leave under the Act, which is expected to come into force in 2020. The first law of its kind in the UK will support those affected by the tragedy of childhood mortality and is expected to come into force in 2020.
What you can do
Share your experience good and bad or speak to the media
Arrange training for your workplace.
Encourage your employer to introduce a bereavement policy.
Buy our Cruse Managing Bereavement in the Workplace Toolkit for your line managers.
Contact your MP to share your concerns.