One of our employees has gone off work as her husband died suddenly a few weeks ago. What should we do in this instance and is it appropriate to ask her when she will be returning? We have no policies in place for bereavement?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 3 June 2015
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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There is no legal entitlement to compassionate leave in Ireland. The right to take this type of leave is most commonly addressed in the employee's contract of employment or in the company’s handbook. Failing this, it is likely that a policy or custom and practice of taking compassionate leave will have developed informally in the company. If such a practice has developed in the company, precedent should be followed in terms of the nature of the compassionate leave afforded to this employee, i.e. its duration and whether she is paid for the leave or not.

Bereavement is an occasion which calls for the employer to exercise sensitivity on a case-by-case basis. Even if a company has an express

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