Do employers have to pay employees while they are on parental bereavement leave?

To be eligible for statutory parental bereavement pay, an employee must have at least 26 weeks' continuous employment ending with the week in which their child dies.

Additionally, employees must have normal weekly earnings of no less than the lower earnings limit for national insurance purposes in the eight weeks prior to the week before the child's death.

Statutory parental bereavement pay is payable for a maximum of two weeks, at the statutory rate, or 90% of the employee's average weekly earnings, where this figure is less than the statutory rate.

Employers can choose to provide contractual parental bereavement pay at a more generous rate, for example paying the employees at their normal rate of pay for the duration of the leave.