Small businesses embrace support for bereaved parents as ‘Jack’s Law’ enters Parliament

Press Releases 23 Jan 2020

FSB responds to the announcement that statutory bereavement leave will become a reality.

Commenting on today’s introduction of a Parliamentary Bill that will give parents facing the loss of a child the right to two weeks’ statutory leave, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry said:

“This first step towards making statutory leave a reality for those facing the tragic loss of a child is vital. Anyone suffering such terrible circumstances should have the full support of their employer and time away from the workplace.

“We’ve engaged with the Government to ensure Jack’s Law works for both employees and small businesses – making it a day one right as it absolutely should be.

“It would be fantastic to see this legislation improved even further with the creation of a parental bereavement allowance for the self-employed.

“Now numbering more than five million for the first time, our sole traders drive the economy forward – and if the worst happens to them and their families, they should also get some compassionate assistance.”

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