Bereavement Leave
Bereavement Leave
This guide provides an overview of bereavement leave in employment. It includes information on payment and time off available for employees who have suffered a bereavement.
Bereavement leave is provided under the Holidays Act 2003. The purpose of bereavement leave is
to provide all employees with a minimum entitlement to paid leave in the event of the deaths of
certain people.
This does not prevent you from providing an employee with enhanced or additional entitlements by
agreement. However, it does render ineffective any provision in an employment agreement that
excludes, restricts, or reduces an employee’s entitlement to bereavement leave. An employee who
has several part-time jobs will have separate entitlements with each employer.

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