I welcome opinions on the issue below.
My company offers up to three bereavement days. The employee manual reads as follows:
“At some time, most people face the tragedy of the death of a loved one. So that you will know in advance that we share in the bereavement, we would like to provide time off so that you may be with your family. The purpose of this policy is to ensure a reasonable amount of leave to attend the funeral. A regular employee shall be entitled to three days off with pay.”
It goes on to describe the relationships included in this policy.
One of my employee’s husband past away last week. It was not a shock. He was ill for many years in a nursing home being treated for Alzheimer’s and complication resulting. She took one day off to take care of the arrangements of the body. There will be no funeral. I approved a bereavement day for that day.
This morning I received a request for two more days a month from now so that she can “be with her family”. She requested they be paid under the bereavement policy as well. I am not sure this is reasonable request.
So I appeal to you, Dopers, for opinions. Should they count as bereavement days or as vacation days? Please feel free to ask other questions. Thank you for any advice or opinions on handling this sensitive issue.