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Charity calls for statutory bereavement leave

09 January 2014 #Employment

A report by the charity, National Council for Palliative Care, has called for the government to introduce statutory bereavement leave for when a close relative dies.

The report found that a third of workers bereaved in the last five years did not feel their employer treated them with compassion.  It suggests that as well as statutory bereavement leave, a few kind words of condolence by a manager can go a long way to helping a bereaved employee.


There is currently no statutory right to paid bereavement leave.  Employees do however have a right to a reasonable amount of unpaid time off to deal with unforeseen matters and emergencies involving a dependent, which includes leave to arrange and attend a funeral.

Employers may have a compassionate leave policy.  This can be helpful in ensuring consistency of approach.  Otherwise employers should take a reasonable and consistent approach.

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