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    I am currently on FMLA for maternity leave. i am using sick time during the FMLA. I have a death in my immediate family that falls under my paid bereavement days. Do these paid bereavement days count towards my FMLA days?

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    That is a matter of company policy, not law. If employees on other types of leave (as an example, vacation) had to count their bereavement days against that vacation time, then you do too. If they wouldn't, you don't.
    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.

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      Are you asking if this extends your FMLA by however many days you would get for bereavement? If so, the answer is no. You still only get 12 weeks unless your employer voluntarily chooses to extend you additional time. You may or may not be eligible for paid bereavement. That cbg answered.
      I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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        Bereavement pay is not a "bonus" provided due to a death in the family. Its purpose is that the employee who experienced a loss can attend the funeral and take care of any family business without any loss of compensation. Since you're already out on leave, this does not apply to you. This is entirely up to your employer but I'd be surprised if you were eligible for bereavement leave/pay.

        Either way, it doesn't extend your FMLA leave.

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