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  • Death in the family-Can I be forced to use vacation time?

    Hi,

    My cousin passed away and I'll have to take time off from work for the funeral. I understand that bereavement policies is up to my employer. However, I am just curious if "cousin" is not covered in their policy, can my job force me to take a paid vacation day due to this?

    Any replies would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Yes, they can - it would not be illegal.
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

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    • #3
      Bereavement policies only covers death of a parent, grandparent or child.
      It's either vacation time or PTO if your company has it

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      • #4
        There is no law dictating who is and is not covered under a bereavement policy - in fact, there are no laws addressing bereavement policies at all. It's up to the employer whether or not to offer bereavement time; if so, for what members of the family; and whether or not such time is paid or unpaid.

        It is true, however, that the employer may require the use of vacation or PTO for this time.
        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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        • #5
          Originally posted by vfielder View Post
          Bereavement policies only covers death of a parent, grandparent or child.
          It's either vacation time or PTO if your company has it
          This may be the policy where you work but there is no bereavement policy *law* as cbg noted. It's up to the employer whether to have a bereavement policy & it's terms.
          Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

          Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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          • #6
            True there is no laws governing bereavement policies, But it's a very common company policy. Immediate family which usually comes with 3 days paid. I have worked in various large companies and small across the country in the engineering field. Yes an employer can deside to alter there own policy. Go to your HR department and seek out there bereavement policy. Unless the rules are made up as they go along, this is pretty standard.

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            • #7
              The bottom line though is there is no law. The co. I worked for was 5 paid days & also covered siblings & spouse - no grandparents.
              Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

              Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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              • #8
                And where I worked, it was five days paid for parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, grandparent, parent in law, and other family members at the discretion of the manager.

                Please do not state as broad-based fact, something that is employer specific.
                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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                • #9
                  thanks for the replies

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                  • #10
                    You're welcome.
                    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

                    Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cbg View Post
                      And where I worked, it was five days paid for parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, grandparent, parent in law, and other family members at the discretion of the manager.

                      Please do not state as broad-based fact, something that is employer specific.
                      Oddle enough my last company covered parent in laws but not step parents.

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