Economy Minister Gordon Lyons today launched a consultation which will bring forward dedicated legislation for Miscarriage Leave and Pay in Northern Ireland.
A two month consultation on Miscarriage Leave and Pay has opened.
The consultation follows the recent introduction of Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay legislation in Northern Ireland.
The Minister said:
“The loss of any pregnancy is a source of profound sorrow and grief. I believe that employment law should be compassionate and supportive of those who experience such a loss.
“Working parents who experience a still birth after the 24th week of pregnancy have a statutory entitlement to two weeks’ leave and pay. I believe a worker or employee who experiences a miscarriage up to the end of the 23rd week of pregnancy should have the same protections.
“The public consultation being launched today seeks views on this proposal. The views of stakeholders and the wider public are very important and I want to make sure we take them into account as we commence the legislative process.”
The Minister added:
“This consultation is a key milestone in moving the legislative process forward.”
The consultation will be on the Department for the Economy website at www.economy-ni.gov.uk/miscarriage-leave-pay