Impact on Employment Rights
An employee’s employment rights should not be impacted by taking compassionate leave.
Employers are prohibited by Citizens Advice and the Financial Conduct Authority from mistreating workers who take time off for bereavement. This covers any adjustments to the job role, schedule, pay, or location after returning.
Employees who feel mistreated can file a complaint with their employer. If the problem is not resolved, they can go to an employment tribunal. You should get legal counsel before doing this.
The Parental Bereavement Safeguards employed the Parents’ Rights (Leave and Pay) Act. Regardless of their length of service, parents who lose a child are entitled to 2 weeks of leave, during which time their jobs are safe.