- Effective: 2/10/1970
- Revision: 7/1/2023
- Reviewed: 4/26/2013
- Board Directive
It is the policy of the Board to allow employees who qualify for benefits to receive released time with pay for bereavement in the case of the death of a member of the immediate family. The Board authorizes the Administration to administer policy for bereavement leave for licensed employees.
- Administrative Policy
The Bereavement Leave Policy shall be administered in accordance with the following administrative policy provisions:
- Employees shall be granted up to eight (8) days absence without pay deduction contiguous with the event of the death of a spouse, daughter, son, step-daughter or step-son. This would also include any other person residing in the home who may have assumed the role of daughter, son or spouse.
- Employees shall be granted up to three (3) days absence without pay deduction in the event of the death of the employee's or spouse's parent, step-parent, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, grandchild, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or other person residing in the employee's home. Verification of family relationship may be requested.
- A maximum of two (2) additional days may be granted if travel time is needed. Travel must be in excess of 350 miles (one way) to qualify for additional days. An immediate supervisor shall request travel verification information from an employee.
- Bereavement Leave is provided only for the death of individuals listed under items A. and B. and must be taken within 14 (fourteen) calendar days of the individual's death. Exceptions will require verification and Cabinet approval. Employees who request to take additional leave days or who need to miss work because of the death of an individual not covered in this policy should refer to the DP335 NEG –Annual Leave, Licensed, or other available leave policy.
- Bereavement leave for part-time employees shall be prorated according to the percentage of a full-time contract; e.g., an employee on a half-time contract would be eligible for eight (8) half days for the death of individuals listed in items A. and B.
- If the death of an employee's parent results in the loss of the only remaining parent, up to three (3) additional personal leave days may be taken to deal with estate issues. The three (3) additional days must be taken within one (1) calendar year of the parent's death.
- Employees shall enter their bereavement leave absence in Employee Access and in Absence Management (formerly known as AESOP), if a substitute is needed. Bereavement leave requests should include the relationship to the deceased, date of death and location of service.
Revision history: 9/8/2009, 4/25/2017