309 Bereavement Leave

Employees who wish to take time off due to the death of an immediate family member should notify their supervisor immediately. Spelman defines "immediate family" as the employee's spouse, *domestic partner, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, parent-in-law, stepchild, daughter-in-law, son-in-law or the sibling of the employee's spouse.

Paid bereavement leave will be provided to eligible employees in the following classification(s):

  • Regular full-time employees
  • Regular part-time employees


Eligible employees are granted paid time off during periods of mourning and bereavement, as follows:

Five (5) Days
Death of a parent, spouse, domestic partner, parent-in-law, child, stepchild, sister, brother or the sibling of the employee's spouse.

Three (3) Days
Death of grandparents, grandchild, aunt, uncle, son-in-law, daughter-in-law.

Bereavement pay is calculated based on the base pay rate at the time of absence and will not include any special forms of compensation, such as incentives, commissions, bonuses, or shift differentials.

Bereavement leave will normally be granted unless there are unusual business needs or staffing requirements. Employees may, with their supervisor's approval, use vacation or sick time for additional time off as necessary.


Policy No.  309  Effective Date:  9/1/2000 Revision Date: 6/1/2011