Employee Policies Manual Policy Index

Bereavement Leave

Wilkes University understands how painful and difficult it can be to lose a family member. This time should not be made more painful by having to choose between work and a funeral. Employees who wish to take time off due to the death of an immediate family member should notify their supervisor immediately to make appropriate arrangements for leave.

For the purposes of this policy, immediate family members includes parents, spouses, children, employee's siblings and grandparents, mothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, stepparents, stepchildren, domestic partners, legal dependents and relatives residing in the employee's home.

Upon the death of an immediate family member, full-time employees may receive up to three (3) days paid time off from work to attend the funeral, make necessary arrangements, to travel to and from the funeral if it is out of town, and to assist in settling the estate. The employee will be paid his/her regular base wages for each day of absence up to three days. An additional 2 days, with pay, will be granted if the employee will attend funeral services that are more than five hundred (500) miles in one direction.

Upon the death of an extended family member, full-time employees will be granted one (1) day off with pay to attend the funeral services of the following extended family members. Extended family members includes the employee's aunt, uncle, nephew and niece.

Time off to attend the services of a person other than those specified as "immediate" or "extended" family members or additional days taken beyond those specified above must be approved and will be charged against available earned vacation days.

Bereavement pay is calculated based on the base pay rate at the time of absence and will not include any special forms of compensation.

Bereavement Leave will normally be granted, unless there are unusual business needs or staffing requirements.

Paid bereavement leave is available only to those employees who have successfully completed their introductory periods.

Policy No. 309 Effective Date: 2/2/2004