Covid-19 prompts UK call for statutory paid bereavement leave

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Sumary of Covid-19 prompts UK call for statutory paid bereavement leave:

  • People who lose a close relative or partner should be entitled to two weeks’ statutory paid bereavement leave, the Sue Ryder charity has said..
  • The coronavirus pandemic has brought into focus the current rules, under which employers are only obliged to grant bereavement leave to parents who have lost a child..
  • People in low-income jobs often are less likely to be offered bereavement leave, and research has found they are at higher risk of experiencing ongoing grief because of the higher relative impact of financial losses and the fact that they face more barriers in accessing services to help them cope..
  • Economic research commissioned by Sue Ryder calculates that grief experienced by employees who have lost a loved one costs the UK economy £23bn a year through reduced productivity, and the Treasury nearly £8bn as a result of reduced tax revenues and increased use of NHS and social care resources..
  • The bereavement charity believes initial short-term costs would be far outweighed by long-term savings and is urging people to contact their local MP to ensure the government includes statutory paid bereavement leave in the upcoming employment bill..
  • She said many employers offered three to five days compassionate leave, but that was often not the case for lower-income workers in less secure jobs…

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