Depending on whether the person dead is a child, spouse, parent, or extended family member, most employers only grant two to four days of bereavement vacation. As per the Society for HR Management’s 2016 Paid Leave in the Workplace Survey, four days are provided on average following the death of a spouse or child. Three days are usually allowed for the death of a parent,  grandparent, domestic partner, sibling, grandchild, or foster kid. For the death of a spouse’s kin or extended family member, only one or two days are typically offered (aunt, uncle, cousin). Furthermore, most employers do not provide any leave for the death of a close friend or colleague.

Bereavement is a period of grief or grieving experienced by a person after a loss, and bereavement leave is time off work offered by an employer following the death of a loved one.  Larger firms frequently have formal policies in place to assist bereaved staff. Other businesses, tiny and medium-sized businesses, engage with their employees on a case-by-case basis to evaluate their bereavement leave needs.  Employers most commonly provide bereavement leave for a family bereavement or the death of a close relative.

Most employers consider the following people to be nearrelatives:

  •  You’re biological parents, as well as step-parents and adoptive parents
  • Your brothers and sisters
  • Your civil partner or spouse
  • Your children, including adopted children and stepchildren

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