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When your employees lose a loved one, they might ask for bereavement leave. Employers typically want to assist their employees as much as possible. Allowing them to take time off to bury and grieve their loved ones is something that they can offer.
If you're a small business owner, you might wonder if bereavement laws require you to give employees a certain number of days off.
There is no federal law on point. But, many companies still incorporate bereavement time off into their employee policies.
If you do decide to give employees the ability to take bereavement leave, there are some things you might need to consider:
Bereavement leave laws may vary depending on your state. California tried to pass a law last year that mandated bereavement leave, but it was vetoed by the governor. It might be prudent to consult with an employment attorney in your jurisdiction to get a snapshot of what rules may apply to you.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.