Peach Law welcomes the new advice and guidance from ACAS for supporting parents with ill or premature babies. It is a stressful time for parents and families and sensitivity should be taken when communicating with employees. The guidance goes into detail on how employers can support employees following the birth, an employer’s responsibilities as well as a death of a premature or sick baby and how to manage returning to work.
Carrie Cosgrave, HR Specialist at Peach Law has personal experience with this situation having had premature boy/girl twins at 29 weeks with the girl passing away at 2 weeks old. She appreciated the support she received from her employer at the time in terms of their compassion and sensitivity as well as their flexibility on returning to work.
Many employers struggle to acknowledge and deal with delicate issues such as these and understanding their obligations as a business. Peach believe that communication should be effective and handled sensitively with an understanding that each case will be different.
We would be very interested in hearing how this sort of situation has been handled in your workplace and would be more than happy to give some further practical tips and advice. Get in touch on 0161 478 3800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.