Bereavement leave

Bereavement leave

Bereavement leave

What is bereavement leave?

Bereavement leave is a special kind of paid leave you can use if someone close to you dies.

What kind of bereavement leave are you entitled to?

Generally, you need to have been employed for more than six months at one time to get bereavement leave. If an immediate family member dies, you are generally entitled to up to three days paid bereavement leave. Immediate family includes parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, spouse or partner, children, grandchildren, and spouse’s or partner’s parents. You can take this at any time and for any purpose relating to their death.

If someone close to you dies who is not an immediate family member, you can generally get a maximum of one day of paid bereavement leave if your employer agrees you have experienced a loss by their death. For further details on the Holiday Act 2003, click here.

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