Article 6 – Bereavement Leave

An employee who is absent from work due to death in the immediate family (mother, father, spouse, domestic partner, partner in a civil union, step mother, step father, child, step child, ward, foster child, foster mother, foster father,

sister, brother, grandmother, great grandmother, grandfather, great grandfather, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, any relative of the employee residing in the employee’s household, child of a partner in a civil union, child of a domestic partner, parent of a partner in a civil union, parent of a domestic partner, step sister, or step brother) may charge up to three (3) days for such absence to attend the funeral or for mourning. However, in the event that the funeral of a member of the immediate family is held at some distant location, and the employee will attend, an exception to the above may be requested by the employee to provide for up to five (5) days of absence to be charged to bereavement leave. All bereavement leave must be utilized within 120 calendar days of the date of death but requests for an extension to utilize bereavement leave due to a public health emergency that delays funeral or memorial observance, or for religious, cultural or travel reasons shall not be unreasonably denied. A department may require verification.

If an employee requests to use available vacation time to extend the bereavement leave, it will not be unreasonably denied.

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