Acas publishes new bereavement guidance

Grief affects us all differently, so you need to tailor the support that you provide to bereaved employees. Acas has published guidance on time off and pay in Time off work for a bereavement

It covers statutory rights including dependant’s leave, parental bereavement leave, maternity leave, adoption leave, shared parental leave and paternity leave. Where there is no legal right to time off and you don’t offer compassionate leave, the guidance recommends using annual leave, sick leave or unpaid leave to support bereaved employees. The guidance emphasises communicating sensitively and includes case studies.