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Bereavement Policy

Your Funeral Policy Lets Employees Know What They Can Expect



A bereavement policy is the company’s practice about allowing paid and unpaid employee time off when a family member, relative, or friend dies.

Bereavement time is granted for making funeral arrangements, attending the funeral and burial, paying respects to the family at a wake or visitation, dealing with the deceased’s possessions and will, and any ancillary matters that employees must address when a loved one dies.

Companies provide paid bereavement time of approximately three days for the death of an immediate family member. Companies provide paid bereavement time of one day for other relatives and friends.

Most organizations are willing to provide employees with additional unpaid days, when necessary, so that the employee can deal with the affairs of the deceased family members. When an employee is the responsible party for the conducting of the deceased's business, several weeks of unpaid time may be necessary.

I recommend that employers work with employees on a case by case basis about offering unpaid time off or the utilization of vacation time, PTO, or personal days for bereavement events. The employee will appreciate how you treat him or her in the future.

Here is a Sample Bereavement Leave Policy.

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