Bereavement Leave


This policy applies to all regular employees.


Policy Statement

Employees are eligible for up to three working days of paid bereavement leave in the case of a death in their immediate family or the immediate family of their spouse or domestic partner. At the discretion of the supervisor, additional time off may be granted. Pay is computed by using the employee's normal work schedule.

"Immediate family" is defined as an employee's spouse/domestic partner, parent, step-parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, child, ward, custody child, foster child, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandparent, great-grandparent, grandchild, or great-grandchild.

An employee may take time off with pay, contingent upon department level approval, to attend the funeral of other relatives or non-family members.

Employees on short-term disability, FMLA, workers’ compensation, or any type of leave of absence are not eligible for bereavement leave pay during the leave.  An employee cannot extend any type of leave by adding bereavement days after the leave ends.



  1. Employee
    Notifies supervisor regarding need for time off due to death in the family.
  2. Supervisor
    Approves bereavement leave or determines if time off is granted.
  3. Employee
    Indicates "Bereavement Leave" on time record for non-exempt employees.


Policy History

Edited March 2013