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Bereavement Leave - Qualifying Situations

  • 1.  Bereavement Leave - Qualifying Situations

    Posted Feb 27, 2020 11:25 AM

    Would anyone be willing to share their qualifying situations for bereavement leave?

    We are updating our policies, and our current policy allows bereavement leave for the following: "in the event of the death of the employee's current spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, legal guardian, brother, sister, grandparent, or grandchild; or in-laws (mother, father, sister, brother, son, or daughter-in-law)".

    Thank you for your help!

    Gary D. Skraba
    Pasadena FCU
    Pasadena, CA

  • 2.  RE: Bereavement Leave - Qualifying Situations

    Posted Feb 28, 2020 11:50 AM
    ​Hello Gary,

    Our policy allows for leave for immediate family however, we also have notation regarding use of personal time off for those not defined as immediate:

    Immediate Family Defined

    For the purposes of this policy, "immediate family" includes spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandchild, grandparent, domestic partner, child-in-law, parent-in-law, sibling-in-law, grandchild-in-law, or grandparent-in-law.

    Non-Immediate Family and Close Friends

    In most circumstances, leave for services other than immediate family shall be taken as Paid Time Off (PTO) leave or unpaid time off. In limited and unusual circumstances, paid funeral leave may be provided to attend the funeral of a non-immediate relative or close personal friend.

    I believe the provision regarding paid funeral time for non-immediate family would cover a unique situation like when they allowed me to attend my grandparent in-law's service (late-husband's grandmother) when technically, I was widowed and classified as single.

    I hope this is helpful.

    Best Regards,

    Danielle Green
    Director of Branches
    Credit Union West
    Glendale AZ

  • 3.  RE: Bereavement Leave - Qualifying Situations

    Posted Feb 28, 2020 03:27 PM
    Gary:  We no longer offer a separate bereavement policy.  It is folded into our "Personal Time Off" banks.  We gave a few extra days when we came up with the accrual formula years ago. Over time, we had to keep reconsidering the definition of a "qualifying" bereavement to keep up with the times. We think our way of handling this is more modern as people may need to grieve the deaths of close friends, neighbors, pets (definitely pets).  So, it is up to the employee how they use their time.

    Debra Evans
    Embark FCU
    Great Falls MT

  • 4.  RE: Bereavement Leave - Qualifying Situations

    Posted Mar 05, 2020 07:31 AM
    Good morning,

    Good morning,

    Below is our policy statement for Bereavement Leave.  Hope this helps.



    Bereavement Leave

    Employees may be granted up to three (3) days of paid bereavement leave to attend funeral

    arrangements and services when a death occurs in the immediate family. An immediate family member

    is defined as an employee's spouse, child, step-child, parent, step-parent, parent-in-law, sibling, halfsibling,

    step-sibling, sibling-in-law, grandparent and grandchild(ren). An employee who wishes to be

    considered for bereavement leave must notify his/her manager immediately. A bereavement leave form

    must be submitted for review as soon as possible to be considered for paid bereavement leave.

    Additional documentation may be required. If circumstances are such that an employee is unable to

    complete the bereavement form prior to taking the time off, s/he will be charged PTO until the

    bereavement leave form is submitted, reviewed and approved. If additional time is required, PTO may be

    used. All earned leave must be used before Leave Without Pay (LWOP) can be granted. Employees

    who are not actively at work or are on another type of leave (i.e. PTO, Floating Holiday, Paid or Unpaid

    Leave of Absence, Worker's Comp, Leave Without Pay, Long Term Disability or Compensatory time,

    etc…) when death of an immediate family member and/or funeral arrangements or services occur are not

    eligible for paid bereavement leave. Paid bereavement leave will only be granted after the employee has

    been with APLFCU for 90 days.

    Amanda Johnson
    Chief Financial Officer
    Laurel MD