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Jack's Law to apply to all parents whose child dies

  • The bereavement leave originally applied to parents of children aged under 18, or those who suffered a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy

The two-week bereavement leave for parents who lose a child is to be extended.

The regulation originally applied to parents of children aged under 18, or those who suffered a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, but the government recognises that the suffering is the same, whether the 'child' is 17 or 37.

As a result, Jack’s Law (in memory of Jack Herd whose mother Lucy campaigned tirelessly on the issue) will apply from April to any working parents, no matter the age of their lost offspring.