Bereavement leave – this is what you need to know

The time soon after the loss of a loved one is the most challenging experience we will face.  There is a shock and awe to the sudden loss, even if the death is expected. One second the person is animated, and next they have gone.  It is reasonable in this time to hope that you would be given bereavement leave from your workplace.  Most managers will show intelligent compassion at this time; however, it is always best to be informed of...

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Considerations for HR teams in run up to new legislation for bereaved parents
Nov01

Considerations for HR teams in run up to new legislation for bereaved parents

Keeping up-to-date with the latest legislation in all areas, including bereavement issues, is, of course, vital for employers and HR teams.   After royal assent was awarded to the Parental Leave and Pay Bill, for example, bereaved parents will receive two weeks’ leave, which is expected to come into force in 2020.     In such a sensitive area, perhaps more so than any other, however, keeping a grip on legislation and prescribed...

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Coping With Bereavement
Jul02

Coping With Bereavement

Don’t bottle things up Not everyone can express their sadness openly. But intentionally bottling up your feelings won’t help. Don’t try to compare yourself to someone who has gone through something similar. Grief is an individual experience, so don’t put a time limit on it based on how others have coped. Remember that it often takes much longer to get through bereavement than most people think.   Talk about it One of...

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Paid Bereavement Leave Near Universal, Survey Finds
Feb20

Paid Bereavement Leave Near Universal, Survey Finds

  Almost all employers offer their staff paid time off during a time of bereavement, according to a survey from XpertHR.   The majority of the 634 organisations surveyed operate within a formal policy or guidelines when granting leave. The remainder prefer to work on a case-by-case basis, believing that each employee reacts differently in a bereavement situation.   The most common approach is to determine the amount of...

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Over half of working parents spending up to £1,800 a year on unnecessary childcare
Jul13

Over half of working parents spending up to £1,800 a year on unnecessary childcare

More than a quarter will pay up to £800 on holiday clubs alone this Summer 41% unaware of legal right to take unpaid parental leave to care for their children 75% have never used unpaid parental leave 61% think unpaid leave should extend to caring for pets as well as children 57% of working parents could be spending up to £1,800 a year unnecessarily on childcare cover after research found that a staggering 41% are unaware of their...

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As state bereavement benefits change, GRiD reminds employers to check provisions within group life assurance
Mar30

As state bereavement benefits change, GRiD reminds employers to check provisions within group life assurance

From 6 April this year, the new Bereavement Support Payment will replace the current suite of State bereavement benefits (Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent’s Allowance). On the face of it, the changes appear to be beneficial, with a refocus on the additional and more immediate costs of bereavement support for the 18-month period immediately following the bereavement (rather than for 12 months), and no loss...

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As Ferdinand opens his heart to the Nation, how can employers support staff through bereavement?
Mar29

As Ferdinand opens his heart to the Nation, how can employers support staff through bereavement?

Last Rio Ferdinand opened his heart in a BBC documentary ‘Being Mum And Dad’, which aired on Tuesday night (28 March) and is available to watch on i-player. Ferdinand has received widespread praise for his courage and brutal honesty. The documentary explored how to cope with grief and heard how Rio deals with the aftermath of his wife Rebecca’s death.  He also spoke about how he helps the couple’s three young children, Lorenz, 10,...

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