Time Off for Funerals and BereavementHR-05-110


This policy applies to all Support and Service Staff employees.

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Policy Statement

  1. Support and Service Staff employees will be granted up to three working days (24 hours for 100 percent FTE and prorated for part-time FTE of 50 percent or greater) with pay within one week from the date of death of the following relatives; however, if the funeral is held outside of the one-week period, the employee may use any of the unused 24 hours of Funeral/Bereavement time to attend the funeral service.
    1. Spouse
    2. Same-sex domestic partner as qualified by the university's Affidavit of Domestic Partnership
    3. Child
    4. Grandchild
    5. Parent (or an individual who stood in loco parentis to an employee when the employee was under the age of 18)
    6. Sibling
    7. Grandparent
    8. In-law relative of the same degree
    9. Step relative of the same degree
    10. Same-sex domestic partner relative of the same degree
    11. Other relative of whom the employee is the sole survivor
  2. When an employee is on Family Medical Leave (FMLA) to care for a family member and the leave is terminated by the death of the family member, the employee will be granted the normal time off for funeral/bereavement as described above.

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  1. Additional time beyond the three days may be granted and charged to accrued vacation time, income protection time, compensatory time off, or taken without pay in accordance with the appropriate policy provisions.
  2. It is acceptable to use income protection time if an employee's health prevents him or her from working following the death of an immediate family member, subject to the provision of the Income Protection Time policy. The supervisor has authority to require a doctor's notice in this situation.
  3. Time off to attend the funeral service of other relatives or close friends may be granted at the discretion of the department head.
    1. The employee may use vacation time, income protection time, compensatory time off, or time without pay.
    2. The employee must request this time off—and the supervisor must approve or disapprove such time off—as soon as practical under the circumstances.
    3. For AFSCME Service at South Bend, up to 4 hours of time off with pay will be provided, but shall not exceed one occurrence in a calendar year unless covered by income protection, vacation, or accumulated compensatory time.
  1. An employee may be requested to provide written documentation identifying the deceased individual and the relationship before the use of the Funeral time is approved.
  2. The number of hours absent to be charged to Funeral time should be reported on the Payroll Voucher.

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Managers, supervisors, and employees who violate this policy are subject to corrective action, up to and including separation.

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Replaces the following policies:

AFSCME Police Time Off for Funerals/Bereavement
AFSCME Service 5.3 Funeral Time
CWA 12.10 Time Off for Funerals/Bereavement
Support and Service Staff
not Covered by a Union
10.5 Time Off for Funerals/Bereavement for Support and Service Staff

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