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.


Extend paid bereavement leave right beyond parents, urges CIPD

The right to bereavement leave and pay should be extended to all employees experiencing a close family bereavement, not just...

Family emergencies abroad may require a month off work

9 Jun 2020

An employment lawyer has warned that staff who have travelled abroad to handle a family emergency may need to take...

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Writing a parental bereavement leave policy: a guide for HR

24 Feb 2020

Employers should be updating their policies and procedures to take account of the introduction of parental bereavement leave in April....

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Jack’s Law: Statutory parental bereavement leave rules to start in April 2020

23 Jan 2020

Parents who suffer stillbirth or loss of a child will be entitled to two weeks’ leave.

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Petition calls for pet bereavement leave

15 Aug 2019

A woman who claims she lost her job on the same day her dog died is calling for the right...

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Parental bereavement leave to be introduced in 2020

2 Nov 2018

Parents and primary carers who suffer the loss of a child will be entitled to at least two weeks’ paid...

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Government launches consultation into parental bereavement leave and pay

29 Mar 2018

The Government has announced a consultation into parental bereavement leave and pay.

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Bereavement leave survey 2018
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Most employers offer paid bereavement leave, finds XpertHR

7 Feb 2018

The majority of employers provide paid bereavement leave for employees who lose a loved one, family member or dependant, despite...

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Take part in a survey on bereavement leave

3 Nov 2017

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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