What Do You Need To Know About Compassionate Leave?

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Unfortunately most of us will experience a tragedy in one form or another during our lifetime. This could be the death of a close member of the family which could have devastating consequences for those affected. The law doesn’t provide any obligation to offer paid or unpaid compassionate leave to employees that suffer a bereavement but employees do have the right to request reasonable time off under those circumstances. So what should an employer do when faced with a request for compassionate leave? Any employer wishing to get the most out of their employees must consider how best to handle this type of situation. In the first instance you would like to think there was already an open and transparent relationship between employer and employee, one built on trust that allowed for easy communication, even when dealing with a tricky and sensitive subject. That allows you to negotiate with the employee about what would be an appropriate amount of compassionate leave to be offered and indeed whether it would be paid or unpaid. If the working relationship isn’t built on trust, then the conversation is likely to be fraught with difficulties, with a lack of empathy evident on both sides that can surely only lead to further difficulties between the two parties. Remember, everyone experiences death in one form or another, so treat your employee exactly how you would like to be treated yourself.

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