Acas Support for Parents with Premature or Sick Babies
Acas has published new guidance to assist employers in supporting staff that have given birth to premature or ill babies.
In March 2017, the Government committed to drawing up new guidance to support working mothers of premature babies.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy worked together with ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), and premature baby charities to develop guidelines for employers on how to support their staff. While the government expects employers to be compassionate and flexible during this difficult period, the guidance makes it easier for both working parents and employers to access advice.
Acas guidance provides important information on:
- Employee responsibilities – evidence of pregnancy and birth
- Supporting the parents following the birth
- The death of a premature or sick baby
- Returning to work