We recognise that you may face difficult personal circumstances from time to time and we are committed to providing you with assistance at these difficult times.

In the event of the death of a spouse, partner, parent, child, grandparent, sibling or stepchild/parent, you will be entitled to take a reasonable amount of compassionate leave.  Some or all of the compassionate leave following the death of a family member may be paid, at our discretion. What is a reasonable amount of leave will be dependent upon the case but will usually be a period of up to 1 week.  If a longer amount of time off is required, we will endeavour to look on this sympathetically but any further time off will usually be without pay (unless certified as sick leave).

Requesting compassionate leave

As soon as reasonably practicable, you should contact your line manager to explain what has happened, and to request compassionate leave. Your line manager will confirm the specific arrangements with you at the time.