Petition Introduce paid miscarriage leave for parents who experience pregnancy loss.

Allow parents who lose a pregnancy before 24 weeks least three days to grieve by introducing paid miscarriage leave.

1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. Under current legislation, workers are entitled to two weeks of paid bereavement leave following a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

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Grieving parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy after less than 24 weeks are not covered by any such provision and must rely on either unpaid or sick leave if they feel unable to return to work following their pregnancy loss.

Miscarriage is not an illness, and the time needed for parental grief should be recognised in statute rather than at the mercy of an employer.

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