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Bereaved parents get legal right to time off work under new 'Jack's Law'

Parents who suffer the loss of a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks' bereavement leave from work, under what is known as Jack's Law.

The new legal right has been created after years of campaigning by Lucy Herd from Wokingham in Berkshire in memory of her son Jack.

The 23-month-old died in a pond at his family home in 2010.

It's not the natural order to go through the loss of a child. But I said it was always about making a positive in Jack's memory and when they announced and said that it was going to be called Jack's Law, well I just cried. I suppose I've given him his legacy. He now has something in black and white and it say's Jack's Law and hopefully it'll protect parents of the future."

– LUCY HERD, JACK'S MOTHER

Lucy campaigned for extended leave for grieving parents after Jack's father discovered he was only entitled to three days off work, one of which had to be the funeral.

Ministers say the new law is a "fitting testament" to Lucy's campaigning.

The new law will come into force from April.

Credit: Family photograph

Parents will be able to take the leave as either a single block of two weeks, or as two separate blocks of one week each taken at different times across the first year after their child’s death.

There can be few worse experiences in life than the loss of a child and I am proud that this Government is delivering Jack’s Law, making us the first country in the word to do so.

"When it takes effect, Jack’s Law will be a fitting testament to the tireless efforts of Lucy Herd, alongside many charities, to give parents greater support."

– Andrea Leadsom, Business Secretary