Recent news stories have raised questions as to Bereavement Leave and a BBC report has investigated  ‘Should everyone get paid bereavement leave?’

There is currently no legal requirement for employers to provide paid leave to those in mourning although workers have a right to “reasonable” time off after an “emergency involving a dependant” according to official Government guidelines.

An understanding employer may allow you paid time off or allow you to use holiday entitlement.

Kerry Curry, Solicitor specialising in Employment Law commented:

“In our experience employers tend to be more generous to their employees. We advise businesses to have in place a written policy so that everyone knows their entitlement.”

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