Bereavement Leave

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All full-time employees are entitled to bereavement leave with compensation according to the following schedule:

  • Time off not to exceed five consecutive working days for bereavement as a result of the death of the employee’s spouse, child, parent (including step-mother or step-father), or spouse’s child or parent.
  • Time off not to exceed three consecutive working days for bereavement as a result of the death of the employee’s sibling, grandparent or grandchild, spouse’s grandparent or grandchild, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, or other member of the employee’s household.
  • Time off not to exceed one working day to attend the funeral of a co-worker, aunt, uncle, great-aunt, or great-uncle.


Other absences due to the death of loved ones will be charged to the employee’s accrued vacation leave, accrued sick leave, accrued personal leave, absence without pay, or accumulated compensatory leave in this order.


When advance notice is possible, employees who are entitled to leave benefits must request leave from their supervisor in advance and record leave taken on their timesheet or leave report along with the name of the deceased and the relationship of the deceased to the employee. Employees must ensure that they have enough accrued leave available to cover the dates requested. Requests will be approved based on a number of factors, including department operating and staffing requirements.


In the absence of accumulated leave, all deductions from employees' salaries will be made on a pro-rated basis, according to the employee's daily pay rate.


See Article Leave Forms.