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Bereavement/Funeral Leave

Eligibility

All collective bargaining agreements provide for paid bereavement/funeral leave in the event of death in the immediate family, significantly close relative, or significantly close person. Please refer to the table below for additional references. For the definition of immediate family member and significantly close relative, see appropriate collective bargaining agreement.

Paid bereavement/funeral leave and Sick leave for the purpose of bereavement are two different types of leave.

When to use Paid Bereavement/Funeral Leave? 

Use this paid leave when the death of the individual is "immediate family, significantly close relative", etc as defined by the employee's Collective Bargaining Unit.

When to use Sick Leave - Bereavement?

Sick Leave - Bereavement applies if an employee is so incapacitated due to the death of an individual that he/she cannot return to work. 

This type of leave is mutually exclusive from paid funeral leave and comes out of the sick leave balance. 

This type of leave should be used for time beyond what is allotted per the CBA for Paid Funeral Leave. This type of leave can also be used for deaths of persons not covered by Paid Funeral Leave.

Collective Bargaining Language on Paid Bereavement/Funeral Leave

Unit Definition Time Allowed
C99
HR 2013-14 Five (5) days with pay for each death of an immediate family member or significantly close relative.
E99
HR 2013-14 Two (2) paid days of bereavement leave for each death of an immediate family member, applicable to Police Officer Cadet classification (class code 8346) only. 
M80
HR 2013-14 Five (5) days with pay for each death of an immediate family member or significantly close relative.
M98
HR 2013-14 Five (5) days with pay for each death of an immediate family member or significantly close relative.
1 significantly close relative Article 15.
See Section 15.13
Five (5) days with pay for each death of a significantly close relative, spouse or domestic partner.
2,5,7,9
immediate family member Article15,See Section 15.1 Five (5) days with pay for each death of a significantly close person.
3
immediate family member Article 23.
See Section 23.3
Two (2) days with pay for each death in the immediate family, or Three (3) days with pay if travel of five hundred (500) miles or more is required.
4 significantly close person Article 20.
See Section 20.9
Five (5) days with pay for each death of a significantly close person.
6 immediate family member or significantly close relative Article 18. See Section 18.10 and 18.17 Five (5) days leave with pay for each death of a significantly close relative or immediate family member. Limited hourly employees are eligible for funeral leave if scheduled to work at the time of the funeral, and will be paid the number of hours scheduled to work.
8 significantly close person Article 22.
See Section 22.10
Two (2) days with pay for each death of a significantly close person, or Three (3) days with pay if travel of five hundred (500) or more miles is required.
10
significantly close relative Article 15.15 Three (3) days with pay for each death of a significantly close relative, or
Five (5) days with pay if travel of over five hundred (500) miles is required.
11
immediate family member Two (2) days with pay for each death of an immediate family member, or Three (3) days with pay if travel of over 500 miles is required