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Sick Family Leave and Bereavement Leave

Sick Family Leave and Bereavement Leave Usage

Sick family leave may be used when an illness or injury of an immediate family member requires the employee’s personal attendance or for medical appointments of immediate family members when that family member is physically unable to drive a vehicle, or is otherwise unable to get to the medical facility without the employee’s assistance. Immediate family member may be defined differently depending on the employee’s collective bargaining agreement or management policy. Employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement should consult their collective bargaining agreement for qualifying relatives for sick family/bereavement leaves.

Sick Family Leave for Managers

For managers, “immediate family member” for the purposes of sick family leave is defined as follows: husband, wife, same-sex domestic partner, child, stepchild, child of same-sex domestic partner, parent, brother, or sister of the employee. Up to five days of sick leave may be used as sick family leave per leave calendar year. The leave calendar year is defined as the first full pay period in January through the end of the pay period in which December 31 falls. If the family members does not meet the definition of an “immediate family member,” the employee cannot use sick family leave for the absence.

Bereavement Leave Usage

Bereavement Leave may be used for grieving immediately after the death of a family member (family member is defined by the employee's respective collective bargaining agreement and below for non-represented employees), to make funeral arrangements, and to attend the family member's funeral or memorial service including necessary travel time for specific relatives. Bereavement Leave may not be used for matters related to the settlement of an estate.

Bereavement Leave for Managers

Up to five days of bereavement leave may be granted per occurence for the following family members: husband, wife, same-sex domestic partner, parent, stepparent, child, or stepchild. Up to three days may be granted per occurence for the following: brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandparent, stepgrandparent, grandchild, stepgrandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, or any other relative residing in the employee’s household. Bereavement leave cannot be used for an aunt-in-law, uncle-in-law, cousin, niece, nephew, or any other relative not specified above, unless the relative resides in the employee’s household.

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