Bereavement Leave - Does it need to be immediate

by Mike
(Hillsboro, OR)

Both of my parents passed away within 10 days of each other - one on 12/22/2018 and the other 1/1/2019. My company has a 3 day bereavement policy for parents. I did not take any time off because my brothers and I were not going to have a memorial until this May. Would you think that the bereavement policy would still apply - the 3 days off?

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May 14, 2019
Company Policy
by: Catherine

First of all, I am so sorry for your losses. What most companies think of as bereavement time/pay would be those first few days you need to make all the arrangements after a death and have a funeral. But using those days immediately or delaying them is really a matter of your company's policy. Check with your supervisor or HR department. Also, you should get three days PER loss so if they allow you the delay to take that time off, be sure you get six days off total.

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