Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage

Acts / 15 October 2018
Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage

The Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill 2018, proposes to allow for a mother and her partner or spouse up to three days paid bereavement leave following a miscarriage.

Currently, the bereavement provisions of the Holidays Act 2003 allow for leave following the death of a child, grandchild, grandparent, parent, partner, partner’s parent or sibling. However, its application to miscarriages and stillbirths remain ambiguous.

If the Bill is passed, this ambiguity will be removed by making it clear that the unplanned death of a foetus will constitute grounds for bereavement leave.

The Bill was introduced in August 2018 and is currently at its First Reading. We will keep you updated as the Bill progresses through Parliament.

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September 2018

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