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Jersey charity calls for legal paid parental bereavement leave

A Jersey charity is calling for parents to have legal rights to paid bereavement leave following the UK's Jack's Law. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A Jersey charity is calling for parents to have legal rights to paid bereavement leave.

It follows a new legal right in the UK, that from April 2020, parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks off work under Jack's Law.

Lucy Herd's son Jack died at 23-months-old and she says she had to make something positive in something so tragic.

90% of relationships breakdown after the death of a child and I think if people were given time to grieve together then maybe relationships wouldn't break down so much.

– Lucy Herd, Jack's Law campaigner

Philip's Footprints is a charity in Jersey that helps support islanders who have lost a child.

I think it would really benefit people to give them a little bit of breathing space. We are really fortunate we have a really good finance industry over here so loads of companies would actually be able to give that as compassionate leave if not longer anyway.

– Jo Nash, Philip's Footprints

In Jersey and Guernsey there is currently no legal protection and therefore it is at the discretion of each employer how much time off to give.

We can look into it, our laws are completely different, our benefit system is completely different, employers pay for 28 days in the UK for leave and sickness, our employers don't.

– Deputy Judy Martin, Minister for Social Security

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