HR Toolkit

HR Policies & Employment Legislation

Sample Policies on Common HR Topics

Leaves - bereavement and compassionate leave

Many jurisdictions set minimum requirements for unpaid bereavement and compassionate leave. Some require a number of days to be paid. Employers may go beyond the minimum requirement by offering additional days or paid time off for employees to deal with the loss of a family member.


Sample policies

Compassionate Leave - Alberta Organization (PDF - 29KB)

  • Provides time off with pay for a death or other crisis in the immediate family (definition of family provided)
  • Gives clear guidelines and leaves some discretion to the executive director

Compassionate/Bereavement Leave - YWCA Yellowknife (PDF - 28KB)

  • Gives some discretion to executive director for exceptional circumstances
  • Provides up to five days paid leave for regular full and part time employees
  • Stipulates that benefits continue during leave