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Bereavement Leave


Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled to paid bereavement leave.


Application

This policy applies all employees. Bargaining unit employees should consult their respective collective agreements.


Definitions

Bereavement the death of a family member
Child children and step-children of the employee (including children of the employee's same sex or common-law spouse)
Spouse an individual declared by the employee as his/her spouse

this individual may be of the opposite or same sex as the employee


Responsibilities

Department 

It is the responsibility of individual departments to assist employees when they are experiencing the loss of a family member.

Employee

It is the responsibility of employees to ensure that their supervisors are notified of the loss and informed that bereavement leave will be requested.


Entitlement

Employees are entitled to receive 3 consecutive days bereavement leave in the event of the death of the employee's:

  • mother or stepmother;
  • father or stepfather;
  • legal guardian;
  • brother or stepbrother;
  • sister or stepsister;
  • child or stepchild;
  • spouse;
  • grandmother;
  • grandfather;
  • grandchild;
  • mother-in-law;
  • father-in-law; or
  • near relative living in the same household.

Employees are entitled to receive 1 day bereavement leave in the event of the death of the employee's:

  • son-in-law;
  • daughter-in-law;
  • brother-in-law;
  • sister-in-law;

Where the funeral of a relative is outside the island portion of the province, employees who have been granted 3 days bereavement leave may be granted 1 additional day leave with pay for purposes of attending the funeral.

Where the funeral of a relative is outside Labrador, employees who live in Labrador and who have been granted 3 days bereavement leave may be granted 1  additional day leave with pay for purposes of attending the funeral.

The Deputy Minister may grant 2 additional days leave with pay for bereavement where extraordinary circumstances exist.

Employees on paid leave at the time of bereavement, will be granted bereavement leave and their paid leave will be adjusted accordingly.

Employees may not defer bereavement leave; it must be taken at the time of bereavement.

Last Policy Update: July 25, 2013

 
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