Bereavement Leave Policy

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Dear Manchester City Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, may i request information on the following please:

Please could you provide information on your policy with regard to bereavement leave entitlements.

Is there a standard policy of 'x' number of days (paid or otherwise) or is there a different approach (i.e. use of compassionate leave, annual leave etc).

Also, does any leave policy include further considerations when an employee returns to work in terms of support offered?

If the policy has changed between 2015 - 2020, could you also highlight what these changes have been.

Yours faithfully,

Mathew Crawley, Manchester City Council

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Date: 13 November 2020


Dear Mathew Crawley

Re: Request for Information – Bereavement Leave Policy – Reference
Number: FOI/00003324


Thank you for your request for information, which was received by
Manchester City Council on 6 November 2020 and has been considered under
the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the 2000 Act”).


In response to your request, I have summarised the information as follows:


Is there a standard policy of 'x' number of days (paid or otherwise) or is
there a different approach (i.e. use of compassionate leave, annual leave
Leave entitlement for bereavement is covered in our Special Leave Policy.
There is no set amount of time off that is granted (except where parental
bereavement applies), as it is left to managerial discretion depending on
the circumstances as follows:
"Managers should grant paid special leave to employees who require time
off on the death of a close family member, partner or dependant to make
funeral arrangements, including attendance at the funeral and to attend to
probate matters.  The number of days approved will depend on the context,
for example, the location of the funeral and the extent to which the
employee is responsible for funeral arrangements.”
Also, does any leave policy include further considerations when an
employee returns to work in terms of support offered?
There is no specific policy measure in our Special Leave Policy, however
all employees have access to our Employee Assistance Programme. This is a
24 service for employees and their families. 
There's a free confidential helpline available 24/7 where employees can
speak to experienced, qualified counsellors and legal advisors about any
personal problem or situation, which would certainly include a
bereavement. Employees can also be referred to a counsellor by their
manager with their consent.
If the policy has changed between 2015 - 2020, could you also highlight
what these changes have been.
Parental Bereavement was added to our special leave policy following the
introduction of Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave from April
2020 as follows:
The Loss of a Child
On the death of a child under the age of 18, or a stillbirth after 24
weeks of pregnancy, a bereaved parent is entitled to two weeks of paid
Special Leave.
For the purposes of this policy, a ‘bereaved parent’ means any person who
has a statutory entitlement to parental bereavement leave in respect of a
child and includes:
• a child’s parent, including natural, adoptive and those who have become
a parent(s) under statutory provisions on surrogacy and fertility
• a child’s natural parent where the child has been adopted but there is
a court order for the child to have contact with the natural parent;
• a person with whom a child has been placed for adoption as long as that
placement has not been terminated;
• a person who is living with a child who has entered the UK for the
purpose of being adopted by that person, and that person has received
official notification from the relevant authorities that they are eligible
to adopt;
• an “intended parent” under a surrogacy arrangement where it was
expected that the court would make a parental order under the Human
Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008;
• a person who for a continuous period of at least four weeks before the
child’s death lived with the child in the person’s home, and had day to
day responsibility for the child’s care (provided they are not paid for
that role, foster payments excepted and the child’s parent or anyone with
legal parental responsibility is not also living in the home with the
child); and
• the partner of any of the above bereaved parent who lives with the
bereaved parent and the child in an enduring family relationship.
The two weeks’ leave can be taken either in one block of two weeks, or as
two separate blocks of one week each.
Leave can be taken within a period of 56 weeks from the child’s death. No
notice will be required for leave taken within two weeks after the date of
the death. If leave is taken after this initial period, at least one
week’s notice should normally be given.


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