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    was wondering if someone can answer this question for me so i dont have to ask the people at work.

    my father died last friday, called my boss to tell him i wont be in cause of it, he told me that the company gives 5 days off for this. my question is: are they going to make me use the vacation hours i have, (which arent alot), or does the company just pay you 40hrs, and leave your vac time alone. asking cause the company seems to love to make you use your vac hrs every opportunity they have. dont want to ask any questions about this situation to them. so thanks for any answers.

  • #2
    It is up to the company whether they will give you 5 days paid time off without using any vacation time. We have no way of knowing their policy.

    Bereavement leave and vacation are not required legally so you wont be able to find a specific law addressing this.
    Why cant you just ask? Its a reasonable question.
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    • #3
      This is entirely a matter of company policy. The law does not address it either way, in any state. Sorry.
      The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


      • #4
        Is the issue not addressed in your company's employee manual/handbook? This is a topic usually included, assuming your company has an employee handbook. Given that your boss instantly responded that the company gives 5 days off for bereavement leave, it would seem likely there is a written policy on this someplace, if not in a handbook, perhaps in a memo or on the firm's personnel intranet, if they have one.
        While I may work for lawyers, I am not an attorney. Comments I make are based on my working experiences and should not be interpreted as legal advice.


        • #5
          rear-ended, you have my sympathy on the death of your Father. I know you
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