Losing a relative or a loved one can be a devastating time. Yet a bereaved parent, son or daughter might only get three days off work to grieve. So should employees be entitled to paid bereavement leave?
When John’s father died in his arms 18 months ago, he was devastated. But after a few days off, he felt like his bosses pressured him into returning to work.
Even when a doctor signed him off because he wasn’t coping, his wife says they regularly called to push him into coming back, before disciplining him for lack of attendance.
He believes the extra stress at such a difficult time caused him to have a breakdown.
There is currently no legal requirement for employers to provide paid leave to those in mourning….