Written Questions are submitted by MPs or Lords to receive information from a Department.
|19 Mar 2018, 3:21 p.m.||Temporary Employment||David Hanson|
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with employers who use agency contracts on access to bereavement or compassionate leave.
Answer (Andrew Griffiths)
The Department’s discussions with employers about bereavement or compassionate leave have not referred to agency contracts.
Our manifesto made a commitment that bereaved parents should be able to take some time away from work to grieve for a lost child. To achieve that, the Government is supporting the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill. Consultations with business representatives took place last summer and further consultation will take place this year on the details.
Acas has developed guidance for employers on managing bereavement in the workplace, in conjunction with Cruse Bereavement Care. It recognises the effect that bereavement might have on employees in undertaking their duties, sets out the law in this area and provides guidance on good practice, including having a bereavement policy in place.