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Bereavement leave

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3,947 words with 8 Comments; publish: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 13:25:00 GMT; (800156.25, « »)

The state is: Florida

My grandma died last week friday. I live in in the USA, she lived in Hungary. My boss told me, that I can take the 3 days bereavement leave even if I don't attend the funeral. Couple hours later he changed his mind and said that I can't leave because I don't attend the funeral in Hungary.

This is in the company policy:

"When death occurs in his/hers immediate family (i.e. spouse, parent, child, brother, sister, mother/father-in-law, or grandparents), an employee, on request, will be excused for three (3) normally scheduled days of work (or such fewer days as the employee may absent) during the three (3) days (excluding Saturday and Sunday) immediately following the date of death provided he attends funeral.

After making written application the employee shall receive pay for any scheduled days of work for wich he/she excused (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) provided he attends the funeral and provides Company with notice of death or statement from funeral dierectoror obituary notice."

My question is: Am I entitled to bereavement leave even if I do not attend the funeral?

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    • I'm sorry for the loss of your grandmother. It seems though you only get bereavement leave if you attend the funeral which you are not doing. That is perfectly legal.
      #1; Tue, 21 Aug 2007 00:54:00 GMT
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      What is the name of your state? Florida

      My grandma died last week friday. I live in in the USA, she lived in Hungary. My boss told me, that I can take the 3 days bereavement leave even if I don't attend the funeral. Couple hours later he changed his mind and said that I can't leave because I don't attend the funeral in Hungary.

      This is in the company policy:

      "When death occurs in his/hers immediate family (i.e. spouse, parent, child, brother, sister, mother/father-in-law, or grandparents), an employee, on request, will be excused for three (3) normally scheduled days of work (or such fewer days as the employee may absent) during the three (3) days (excluding Saturday and Sunday) immediately following the date of death provided funeral.

      After making written application the employee shall receive pay for any scheduled days of work for wich he/she excused (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) provided he attends the funeral and provides Company with notice of death or statement from funeral dierectoror obituary notice."

      My question is: Am I entitled to bereavement leave even if I do not attend the funeral?What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state?

      **A: the last sentence of your post from your policy manual does not make sense.
      #2; Mon, 20 Aug 2007 13:27:00 GMT
    • I know, but I'm so confused.

      I double checked, that is in the policy....

      #3; Mon, 20 Aug 2007 13:31:00 GMT
    • They changed it, I corrected it
      #4; Mon, 20 Aug 2007 13:50:00 GMT
    • Yes, I read it. I showed it to my boss couple minutes ago, and they're working on it now.
      #5; Mon, 20 Aug 2007 13:39:00 GMT
    • Bereavement leave is not required by law in any state.
      #6; Mon, 20 Aug 2007 15:57:00 GMT
    • And it looks like your company policy states bereavement leave is only available if the funeral is attended. Since you didn't attend the funeral, you aren't entitled to the leave.
      #7; Mon, 20 Aug 2007 18:47:00 GMT
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      === Original Words ===

      I know, but I'm so confused.

      I double checked, that is in the policy....

      **A: you missed my point. Repost the section from your policy manual word for word exactly as it appears. Here is a hint....."immdediately following the date of death provided funeral". Does THAT make any sense to you? Did you even read what you posted?
      #8; Mon, 20 Aug 2007 13:35:00 GMT