The special leave policy allows for up to one week with pay for the death of next of kin and blood relative, (spouse or civil partner, child, parent, sibling) and one day with pay for parent in law (or the equivalent in a civil partnership or longstanding unmarried relationship), or grandparent.
Discretion for additional time off with pay may be granted in exceptional circumstances. If the circumstances are not exceptional, any additional time off granted will be unpaid, or taken as annual leave.
Discretion for time off with pay, in circumstances where the relationship to the deceased is not covered by the above, may be granted if the circumstances are ‘truly’ exceptional.
If the circumstances are not ‘truly’ exceptional, any time off granted will be unpaid, or taken as annual leave.
Note that under the Employment Rights Act 1996 s57A, an employee has the right to take unpaid time off upon the death of a dependant to make any necessary arrangements only. The purpose of this leave is to make funeral arrangements etc and this does not give the employee a statutory right to take more than a few days off following the death of a dependant.
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