Bereavement Leave Policy
Author: Christine P. Corrigan, CPC Writing Services
When to Use
Although bereavement leave is generally not required by federal, state or local law (Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, Washington and Tacoma, Washington being the exceptions), such policies are important for employee morale and are a sign of the employer's support for its employees during a stressful time. Therefore, employers should adopt written policies regarding absences due to a death in the employee's immediate family.