Paid Parental Bereavement leave is expected to be introduced in April 2020 allowing parents two weeks statutory bereavement leave. Entitlement to statutory paid leave under the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act will be subject to service qualifications and proof of the employee’s relationship with the child. Currently parents are entitled to take unpaid leave to deal with emergencies involving dependants.
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As of May 2015, employers using so called ‘zero hours’ employment contracts are no longer able to require such staff to work exclusively for them. Any provision in a ‘zero hours’ employment contract which prohibits the worker from working for another employer, or requires the employee to first get the employer’s consent is unenforceable. This gives zero hours employees the ability to supplement their incomes by undertaking work for other employers without being in breach of the terms of their employment contract.