Contacting bereaved employees – how do I handle it?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 June 2019
Arthur Cox
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Firstly, an employer is not obligated to grant compassionate leave in the event of a bereavement, except in the limited circumstances outlined in the statutory right to time off for dependents under Article 85A of the Employment Rights (NI) Order 1996.  

Nevertheless, many employers will provide a period of paid leave in the event that a close relative of an employee dies or becomes critically ill. It is prudent to set out details of any such leave in a bereavement policy to ensure that a clear and consistent procedure is followed.  

You should ensure that there is communication with the employee throughout the post-bereavement

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