The issue of bereavement leave
has been very much in the news of late.
There is currently no
statutory entitlement to bereavement leave. Bereavement leave
is usually dictated by a short reference to entitlement in a policy
or procedure or is at the gift of the employer usually a day off to
attend a funeral and a couple of days to deal with the death of a
dependant supplemented by either a sick note or the bereaved
employee's annual holiday entitlement.
It is recognised that two or
three days may be insufficient although, a proposal for new
legislation embodying a statutory right to bereavement leave will
no longer progress and will instead be replaced by new guidance
prepared by ACAS. The guidance is expected to be published by
summer 2014 and will, it is anticipated, promote a flexible
approach by employers towards this highly emotive
Posted on: 16/05/2014
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