Can an employee change their mind about when they intend to take parental bereavement leave?

Yes, an employee can cancel or rearrange a period of statutory parental bereavement leave that has not yet started. If the employee had given notice that they would start a period of parental bereavement leave within the first 56 days following the death of the child, they can give notice to cancel the leave up until the day the leave was due to begin. They must give the notice no later than the time they would have been due to start work if they were not taking the leave.

If the leave was due to begin more than 56 days after the child's death, they can cancel the leave by giving the employer notice at least one week before the leave is due to begin.

The employee can rearrange the parental bereavement leave for another time by providing the required notice.

An employee cannot cancel a period of parental bereavement leave that has already started.