Bereavement Leave is an issue which employers need to address. The death of a close relative may have a significant impact on an employee. Most employers will wish to be supportive in that situation. It can sometimes seem hard where employees are seeking the leave and find that it is more restrictive than they may want. In such circumstances it can appear somewhat cold hearted.
The reality of business is that an employee who has suffered a bereavement in their family is going to be absent for a period of time and the question is to the extent to which an employer is going to be prepared to facilitate same and in many cases to pay while the employee is on Bereavement Leave.
It must be remembered that there is no obligation on an employer to pay for Bereavement Leave. It is best practice to do so. Therefore where Bereavement Leave is being granted it is important that some limits are placed. Very often these will be arbitrary and this is why it is necessary to have a Compassionate Leave Policy to take account of various situations which may not neatly fall into any category.
*Before acting or refraining from acting on anything in this guide, legal advice should be sought from a solicitor.
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