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Economy Minister Diane Dodds today announced the publication of her Department’s assessment and response to the recent consultation on Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay.

The consultation followed the introduction of Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay legislation in Great Britain.

The Minister said: “I want to thank all of the organisations and individuals that have responded to this consultation. I especially wish to acknowledge those courageous individuals who shared their own stories and experience of personal loss; I am really grateful for their contribution.”

The Minister added: “I will now work with my Executive colleagues to bring forward legislation in the Assembly that will put in place provision for Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay legislation in Northern Ireland so that working parents can access this support if they need it.”

The publication is available at