The government have been urged by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) to consider statutory paid leave for bereaved staff. The introduction of this law would entitle employees suffering a bereavement to have a legal right to paid leave. At present, workers do not have the legal right to paid leave for bereavement but they can take a reasonable time unpaid leave to organise a funeral or make other practical arrangements.

Led by the NCPC, ComRes conducted a survey revealing that 56% of workers would consider leaving an employer that failed to support them after the death of a relative or someone close.

80% of respondents believed that employers should be legally required to offer paid leave following the death of a close relative. Furthermore, 87% said all employers should have a compassionate employment policy including flexible working hours as well as paid leave for bereavement.


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