What is compassionate leave?
Compassionate leave is when you need to take time off work following a personal emergency. This could be for a number of reasons, including the death of a loved one. When the time off work relates to a death it is known as bereavement leave.
In the UK, a person is legally entitled to bereavement leave when someone who is considered immediate family or a ‘dependent’ has died. A dependent is categorised as someone who relies on you for care, and could include a spouse, partner, child, grandchild or parent. It could also include someone outside of your household who you take care of, such as an elderly neighbour.
If the person who has died isn’t immediate family or a dependent, you may still have grounds for bereavement leave. This includes members of your extended family as well as close friends.