Originally Posted by u8myufo
Me too. To be honest they are probably going to ask for a valid reason for having another day off. Lets suppose he was on holiday the following week anyway, would he still expect another day off what they owe him a fortnight after the event? If he really needs the
Originally Posted by GailC
When I worked we only were allowed so many bereavement days in one year!!
Ditto that. We are only allowed 3 bereavement days off per year. If you require more than that, if you are part time you can request some extra days off without pay. Now whether you are granted them or not is another story. It will depend on staffing and their ability to cover the shifts. If you work full time and need more days off, then you have to ask around to other nurses and try and switch shifts IE: they work for you on those days, and you work for them on others. If you aren't able to find anyone to cover your shifts you can't get those extra days off.
That being said, at work our policy for bereavement days has changed thanks largely to those who abused the system. Some were using it like "vacation" time. They used up their vacation and sick days and then started to draw on their bereavement days by lying about family deaths.
In the 12 years I've been at the hospital one guy that I know has suffered through the death of more than 6 grandmothers!
Thanks in part to him and others like him, we now have to put our request in writing and not only include the deceased person's full name, but the date of their death, their relationship to you, and the date and location of their funeral. Staffing now checks the validity of each request and keeps the request in your file.
Bereavement days aren't there to give you a holiday. They're not even a law. An employer doesn't have to give you any days off with pay for a death. However, those that do give them, do so as a courtesy to their employees.