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EIU Office of Internal Auditing

#4 - Benefits - Bereavement Leave, Non-Negotiated Employees

Approved: July 24, 1997

Monitor: Vice President for Business Affairs

Only non-negotiated employees eligible to earn benefits, as provided in the Board of Trustees Regulations (II.B.7 and al.), will be approved for bereavement leave under this policy.

Bereavement leave policies for employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement shall prevail over this bereavement leave policy.

Bereavement leave with pay shall be granted to an eligible employee in the event of the death of the employee's:

  1. parent
  2. spouse
  3. child
  4. son-in-law or daughter-in-law
  5. grandparent
  6. brother or sister
  7. brother-in-law or sister-in-law
  8. mother-in-law or father-in-law
  9. aunt or uncle
  10. niece or nephew
  11. grandchild
  12. first cousin
  13. a member of the employee's immediate household

Bereavement leave shall be limited to three work days per occurrence, to be taken within five consecutive workdays beginning with the date of occurrence. Bereavement leave shall be taken in not less than one-half-day increments and may not be accumulated.

Employees shall notify their supervisors of the need for bereavement leave no later than the workday on which the leave is to begin. The supervisor shall record on the employee's time card or positive time roster the date of death and relationship of the deceased to the employee for each approved bereavement leave.

Under special circumstances, bereavement leave beyond the stated amount may be granted upon approval by the employee's supervisor and Director of Human Resources, and will be deducted from either vacation leave or sick leave at the employee's choice, provided an accrual balance is available. In the event that an accrual balance is not available, upon approval of the employee's supervisor and confirmation by the Director of Human Resources, the employee may be granted leave without pay.

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