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Bereavement Leave

UNDERSTAND

Bereavement leave is paid leave that an employee is entitled to because of the death of a family or household member as defined by the terms of the employee’s employment program or collective bargaining agreement. Bereavement leave is available in addition to an employee’s accrued sick and annual leave.

ACT

If an employee has experienced the death of a family or household member, you will need to consider the following items in order to grant bereavement leave to the employee:

  1. Check the employee’s employment program or collective bargaining agreement to determine the number of days of bereavement leave that he or she is eligible for and whether the employment program includes the deceased in the definition of family or household member.
  2. Follow your department’s normal leave request procedures to provide the employee with written approval for use of bereavement leave.

LEARN MORE

In addition, you may grant the employee sick leave use for bereavement or condolence of a family member or friend not defined by the employee’s employment program. Sick leave may also be granted if the employee needs to extend his or her leave due to other circumstances such as the relationship with the deceased or having to travel a long distance.

If the employee is in a probationary period, bereavement leave will extend the length of the probationary period by the number of days of bereavement leave used.

Bereavement leave must be awarded and used in full day increments.