According to Acas, the Employment Rights Act 1996 gives employees a day-one right to have "reasonable" time off to deal with an emergency, which could include a bereavement involving a dependant. But how do employers tend to deal with bereavement on a practical level?
A model letter turning down or modifying an employee's request for compassionate leave.
A model letter agreeing to an employee's request for compassionate leave.
A model compassionate leave policy, which deals with definitions, bereavement and other circumstances where compassionate leave is available.
A model contract clause setting out when requests for compassionate leave will be granted.
Good practice guidance discussing the steps that employers can take to engage employees who have caring responsibilities.
A table summarising bereavement customs for different religions and beliefs.
Practical guidance on devising and implementing a policy on compassionate leave, for example for bereavement, relationship breakdown or domestic emergencies, including time off for dependants.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to compassionate leave.