How much notice must employees give if they intend to take parental bereavement leave and pay?

The notice requirements for statutory parental bereavement leave are different depending on when the employee takes the leave.

If the employee wants to begin the leave within 56 days of the death of the child, they should inform the employer before they are due to start work, on the first day they wish to take the leave. If this is not reasonably practicable, the employee must inform the employer as soon as it is reasonably practicable to do so.

If the leave is to start after the first 56-day period, the employee is required to give at least one week's notice of their intention to take the leave.

When giving notice to take statutory parental bereavement leave, the employee must inform the employer of:

  • the date of the child's death;
  • the date they intend to start the leave; and
  • whether or not they intend to take one or two weeks' leave.

The notice does not have to be in writing, a phone call or email will be sufficient.

The notice requirements for statutory parental bereavement pay differ from those for leave. The employee can give notice up to 28 days after the start of the leave period for which the employee is claiming statutory parental bereavement pay (ie the employee can give notice after they have taken the leave). If this is not reasonably practicable, the employee must give notice as soon as it is reasonably practicable to do so.

The employee must provide to the employer, in writing:

  • the employee's name;
  • the date of the child's death; and
  • a declaration that their relationship with the child entitles them to claim statutory parental bereavement pay.