This Policy was approved by the Parish Council Monthly meeting on 6 February 2019
Bereavement and Compassionate Leave Policy
This policy replaces all previous policies, notes and minutes regarding bereavement and compassionate leave entitlement. It is intended for all employees regardless of employment status. There is no qualifying time period or service requirement.
The Parish Council recognises that bereavement is an emotional matter and will treat all applications for bereavement leave or compassionate leave with sensitivity and on an individual basis.
Paid leave of absence of up to five working days shall be granted by the Clerk in the case of any close relative of an employee; otherwise time off for attendance at a funeral of up to one day may be granted at the Clerk’s discretion for a relative.
Up to 5 days paid leave for a close relative, for example Spouse, Mother, Father, Daughter, Son, Grandchild.
Up to 3 days for example for Grandmother, Grandfather, Mother-in-Law, Father-in-law.
Each employee will need to explain the circumstances to the Clerk (or for the Clerk, the Chair and Vice Chair) and keep them informed should an extended period of leave be necessary.
In all circumstances, and in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair, the Clerk is authorised to allow longer periods.
Requests for compassionate leave will be granted at the discretion of the Clerk (or for the Clerk, the Chair and Vice Chair). Where a situation requires an extended period of leave beyond five days, other options should be discussed including Time off in Lieu (TOIL), Annual Leave and, or, a period of unpaid leave. This discussion will be with the Clerk in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair.
Misuse of Bereavement Leave Policy
Any misuse of this policy will be dealt with under the Council’s Capability and Disciplinary Procedures.
If an employee has a complaint regarding the application of the Council’s Bereavement Leave Policy, this can be raised using the Council’s Grievance Procedure.