Compassionate leave

While there is no legal duty to do so, it is good practice for employers to offer employees compassionate leave for personal problems.

Giving employees time off to deal with a difficult personal situation can demonstrate the employer’s commitment to employees and make it an employer of choice.

Employees do have a right to take a reasonable amount of time off work in relation to their dependants in specified circumstances.


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Following the Government’s publication of a bill that will enable employers to offer two weeks’ paid leave to parents who...

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Parental bereavement leave: a small step in the right direction

18 Oct 2017

While recognising the good intentions behind the recently published Parental Leave Bill, XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman questions the practical...

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Government publishes parental bereavement leave bill

13 Oct 2017

The Government has today published a bill that will offer two weeks’ paid leave for bereaved parents.
The Parental Bereavement...

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Bill for paid parental bereavement leave is launched

20 Jul 2017

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

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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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Five ways employers can support employees who are carers

19 Oct 2016

According to recent research one worker in eight is a carer, while almost one in six has had to take...

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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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Employment law in Ireland

Six interesting facts about employment law in Ireland

17 Mar 2016

Employers in the Republic of Ireland have to pay a contribution of employees’ earnings to a national training fund and...

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Annual leave

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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Separation and divorce rates peak in January

How to support employees through divorce

6 Jan 2015

January is a peak time for couples to separate or divorce, but few employers have sufficient measures in place to...

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Compassionate leave

Compassionate leave policies beneficial for employers and employees

6 May 2014

Adopting a formal compassionate leave policy brings clear benefits both to employees going through difficult times and their employers, according...

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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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