Module 10 – Know Your Rights
Bereavement leave is a special kind of paid leave that all employees who meet certain criteria can use if someone close to them dies. Bereavement leave gives an employee time to grieve and to take care of matters to do with the bereavement. This can be taken at any time and for any purpose relating to the death, and does not have to be taken straight away or on consecutive days.
Employers often agree to giving employees additional bereavement leave above the minimum entitlement, depending on the circumstances, for example, if a funeral is being held a long distance away.
Employees may be able to take leave from work to care for their new child. To take parental leave they must meet either the six or twelve month criteria.
Employees and self-employed people may be able get a government-funded parental leave payment while they’re not working and are caring for a new child.