Working parents grieving for a child will be entitled to two weeks of paid leave in the UK. "It can
giving no worse experiences in life than losing one
Child, and I'm proud that this government has Jack's Law
Minister of Economics Andrea Leadsom said. The law is due to come into force in April.
The conservative politician said that the aim was to give parents the opportunity to cope better with the diverse challenges that the loss of their own child meant: from their own grief to the grief of siblings and the whole family, to the settlement of all bureaucratic matters.
The so-called Jack's Law applies to children under the age of 18. It is named after the late toddler Jack Herd, whose mother had fought for a change in the legal situation in recent years.
After her 23-year-old boy drowned in 2010, Lucy Herd found that only Jack's father had three days off mourning, one of which had to be used for the funeral. In the future, parents can decide whether to take the two weeks in a block or split for two individual weeks in the first year after the bereavement.