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Miscarriage leave in Northern Ireland

EDM (Early Day Motion) 973: tabled on 09 February 2022

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 30 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House congratulates the Northern Irish Assembly on passing legislation to allow paid leave for workers who have suffered a miscarriage; understands provisions to offer statutory paid leave for mothers and their partners should they experience baby loss before 24 weeks of pregnancy are contained in Article 112EF of the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill; notes the Bill passed its final stage in Stormont on 7th February 2022 and is due to receive Royal Assent; appreciates that the provision for paid miscarriage leave will come into force no later than April 2026 following a public consultation; recognises that Northern Ireland will be the first place in Europe to introduce paid miscarriage leave in line with recent legislation in New Zealand and Australia; understands there are currently no specific statutory rights in the UK to allow paid leave for those who have experienced miscarriage, ectopic or molar pregnancy; and calls on the UK Government to introduce Paid Miscarriage Leave UK-wide in its proposed Employment Bill.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 10 February 2022
South Antrim
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2022
Ochil and South Perthshire
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2022
Glasgow South West
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2022
Glasgow North East
Lockhart, Carla
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 10 February 2022
Upper Bann
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
Ealing, Southall
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
Liverpool, Riverside
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
York Central
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 21 February 2022
Arfon
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 21 February 2022
Ceredigion
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 21 February 2022
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
Rochdale
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
Jarrow
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 February 2022
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 February 2022
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
Liverpool, Wavertree
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 22 February 2022
East Londonderry
Qaisar, Ms Anum
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 February 2022
Airdrie and Shotts
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 February 2022
East Dunbartonshire
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Dundee West
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2022
Hayes and Harlington
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 February 2022
Glasgow North
Byrne, Ian
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2022
Liverpool, West Derby
Green, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 April 2022
Chesham and Amersham

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.