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Leave to grieve - help us amend Jack’s Law

Just three days off for a family death is an anomaly and we’d like to ask for your help to have this amended.


Lucy Herd and her son Jack

Did you know that until recently, when a loved one dies your employer didn’t have to give you time off from work, with three days seeming to be the normal time given?


While this is still the case for most close losses, the law has changed for parents.


Grief Specialist Lucy’s son Jack died suddenly just before his second birthday and after discovering the lack of entitlement, Lucy campaigned tirelessly for statutory bereavement leave for parents.


Ten years later, Jack’s Law came to be in April 2020. Parents who suffer the bereavement of a child up to the age of 18 are now entitled to two weeks’ statutory bereavement leave.

Lucy is now campaigning to extend the Law to cover immediate family members. In the immediate aftermath of the death of a family member, people have to cope with their individual loss, the grief of their wider family, including other children, as well as a vast amount of administrative and other arrangements, such as the funeral, and in some cases a post mortem.


Just three days off for a family death is an anomaly and we’d like to ask for your help to have this amended.


How you can help

The past two years, during the global pandemic, it has made it more paramount that Jack’s Law is amended to include other family deaths.


Please help Lucy to amend Jacks Law to include Statutory Bereavement Leave for all family members by signing the petition here.

Sign the petition



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