Campaigners urge the Government to give workers the legal right to paid bereavement leave

A recent poll, commissioned by the Change Bereavement Leave campaign, has shown that there is growing support for the Government to give bereaved workers a legal right to take time off work. The survey, which consisted of more than 1,500 adults, showed that two thirds of the people questioned said it was unfair that bereavement leave was unpaid and that they would back a national guaranteed minimum of paid leave. The results of the survey were welcomed by Lucy Herd, who lost her son Jack three years ago. At the time her husband was only allowed to take three days unpaid leave from work. She said “David Cameron acknowledged he was able to take two weeks off after the death of his own son, but sadly not all parents have sympathetic or understanding employers or can afford unpaid time off,” she said. “We would like to see four weeks of paid bereavement leave for parents.” Frances O’Grady, the TUC General Secretary, said “Coping with the sudden loss of a loved one is traumatic enough without having to worry about work too. The Government should do the right thing and give people a legal right to paid time away from their jobs after someone close to them has died.” Currently bereaved parents have no choice but to go back to work following the death of a close family member because they have no right to employment leave. Labour MP Tom Harris said “Most people are unaware that there is currently no right to bereavement leave for parents. This is an injustice that Parliament needs to address.”  The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with family law solicitors in Doncaster  and across the country.