What Family Members Qualify For Bereavement leave

What Family Members Qualify For Bereavement leave: Bereavement leave, often known as compassionate leave, is a type of paid time off that employees can take following the death of a close friend or family member.

When can compassionate leave be taken

Employees can take compassionate leave if:

  • a member of their immediate family or household dies, or contracts or develops a life-threatening illness or injury
  • a baby in their immediate family or household is stillborn
  • they have a miscarriage
  • their current spouse or de facto partner has a miscarriage.

More information is available about Parental leave for stillbirth, premature birth or infant death.

Immediate family

An employee’s immediate family includes their:

  • spouse or former spouse
  • de facto partner or former de facto partner
  • child
  • parent
  • grandparent
  • grandchild
  • sibling.

Immediate family also includes:

  • the immediate family of the employee’s spouse or de facto partner (or former spouse or de facto partner)
  • step-relations (for example, step-parent and step-child)
  • adoptive relations.

Employees can take compassionate leave for other relatives (for example, cousins, aunts and uncles) if they are a member of the employee’s household or if their employer agrees.