Bereavement

While there is no specific right in UK employment law to bereavement leave nor to time off to attend a funeral, giving employees time off to deal with the death of a loved one can demonstrate the employer's commitment to employees and make it an employer of choice.

Employees are entitled to take a reasonable amount of time off work for the care of dependants.


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Bill for paid parental bereavement leave is launched

Parents who have suffered the death of a child will receive statutory paid leave to grieve, under a new law...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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Criminal law and fatalities in the workplace: what HR needs to know

13 Apr 2017

Fatalities in the workplace are a challenge for HR and the stakes are high with the potential for criminal charges,...

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Bereavement and compassionate leave: What’s the right thing to do?

22 Feb 2017

Facebook has announced that employees can now take up to 20 days of paid leave if an immediate family member...

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“Pawternity” leave? Time off work for pets and other leave of the future

1 Dec 2016

Around half of UK households own a pet, according to the RSPCA. So why is there not a specific legal...

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The webinar will look at all forms of leave, genuine or not.

Leave and absence: managing attendance fairly (webinar)

21 Jun 2016

ON DEMAND | What happens when employees take holiday, fall sick, or have other reasons that affect their attendance?

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Congratulation leave? Unusual types of leave from around the world

14 Jan 2016

Anyone thinking that the UK’s upcoming grandparental leave is unnecessary meddling by law-makers should look beyond these shores at the...

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What to include in a bereavement leave policy

8 Apr 2015

The death of a family member or close friend will probably happen to most employees during their working lives, so...

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Managing bereavement in the workplace

5 Nov 2014

As Benjamin Franklin once said, nothing in this life is certain, except death and taxes. So it is unsurprising that...

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Acas produces new guidance on managing bereavement

18 Sep 2014

Conciliation service Acas has published a new guide on managing bereavement in the workplace.
Developed in partnership with Cruse Bereavement...

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Holiday accrued by deceased workers should be paid, rules ECJ

13 Jun 2014

Annual leave accrued before the death of an employee must be reflected in their pay, the European Court of Justice...

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Employers lack sympathy for bereaved workers

9 Jan 2014

Bereaved staff are being failed by their employers, according to a report published today by bereavement and palliative care charities.

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