New advice has been published today by Acas to assist employers in supporting staff who have given birth to premature or ill babies.

There are over 95,000 premature or sick babies born each year in the UK. This useful guidance by Acas provides important information for employees and employers in relation to preterm births or full-term births where the baby is sick.

It also sets out best practice guidance for supporting employees during these difficult circumstances. The advice given in the guidance includes:

  • Be sensitive and compassionate in all communication with your employee.
  • Ask your employee what they would like the company to tell their colleagues about the situation.
  • Make your employee aware of all statutory entitlements to leave (including parental leave and shared parental leave).
  • Be flexible in giving time off when your employee returns to work as the baby may have follow up appointments or require further treatment.
  • Support your employee in their return to work. It is recommended that managers should check on how the employee is managing after returning to work by holding regular review meetings.
  • In the event of bereavement, a compassionate and supportive approach should be taken.

A link to the new guidance can be found here:


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