Child Bereavement Leave Act
of public and private employers with more than 50 employees are entitled to a
maximum of 2 weeks (10 work days) of unpaid bereavement time
following the death of a child. Employees may be entitled to up to 6
weeks of bereavement time in the event of the death of more than one child
during a twelve-month period.
time may be used to attend the funeral or alternative to a funeral, make
arrangements necessitated by the death, or to grieve the death of the
child. The leave must be completed within 60
days after the date employee receives notice of
the death of the child. Employers are entitled to 48 hours of
notice before the leave, unless it is not practicable. Employers may
require documentation to verify the necessity of the leave.
An employee is eligible for the leave after 1,250
hours of service with the employer during the prior 12 month
period. Child bereavement leave may not be taken in addition to
unpaid leave permitted under the Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C.
2601 et seq. (FMLA),
and may not exceed unpaid leave time allowed under that law (FMLA).
Hotline (312) 793-6797
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