HR Glossary
Compassionate Leave

Compassionate Leave

Updated on:
August 22, 2022


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What is Compassionate Leave?

Compassionate leave is time afforded to employees due to a death in the family or of a close loved one. This allows employees time to grieve, make arrangements, and attend a funeral or service.

There are a variety of terms that employers use to refer to time off that they grant to employees for extenuating circumstances. This time off may be paid or unpaid and is usually in addition to an employee's annual leave.

Although employers have some discretion in granting compassionate leave, a lot of companies in the US offer their employees paid time off to deal with the loss of a loved one.

Taking compassionate leave is a way for employees to show a sense of empathy and compassion, as well as a way for companies to support their workforce.

What Is A Compassionate Leave Policy?

Although an employer does not have to state that they allow compassionate leave, since that it is a right for all employees, a compassionate or bereavement leave policy helps set the guidelines for notice periods, the terms of paid or unpaid leave, and anything else an employer believes is necessary when it comes to their unique policy.

Compassionate leave is necessary in order to provide employees with time off to deal with personal or family problems. This type of leave can help employees to cope with difficult situations, and can also prevent them from becoming overwhelmed and stressed out. Compassionate leave can also help to improve morale and productivity in the workplace.