Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Bereavement Leave Definition:

Authorized leave from work, paid or unpaid, for the purposes of attending to the funeral of a family member.

Related Terms: Sick Leave, Compassionate Care Leave

In Re Dominion Glass, the tribunal considered a collective bargaining agreement which extended bereavement leave to employees, and wrote:

"... the purpose of bereavement leave is to provide an employee with time off without loss of pay to gather together with relatives at a time of personal tragedy for mutual comfort, to assist in making arrangements for the funeral of the deceased and for the immediate and after care of the deceased's survivors, and to enable the employee to bear his grief privately without immediate exposure to the comparative harshness of his working environment."

As an example of statutory treatment, and in regards to those employees of the federal government falling under the auspices of the Canada Labour Code, at §210:

"Every employee is entitled to and shall be granted, in the event of the death of a member of his immediate family, bereavement leave on any of his normal working days that occur during the three days immediately following the day of the death."

French: congé de décès.

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