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I imagine some people think unlimited bereavement leave starts the day they are employed. That is not correct, is it?
There is no bereavement leave entitlement until after 6 months service.
This is provided for by Section 63 of the Act.
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On the help message in your bereavement leave routine, it seems to suggest I should pay somebody for one day if they feel "reasonably bereaved". Surely I have some sort of say in whether this is justified or not? The Department Of Labour mailout seems to suggest I get to determine whether it is reasonable or not.
Yes, you are right. The Dept Of Labour Quick Guide for Employers (Feb 2004) says
The employee is entitled to one day's leave for the death of any person if the employer accepts that the employee has suffered a bereavement.
The single day's bereavement leave for a non family member is covered by Section 69(2)(b). Note the relevant factors in 69(3) which guide your say as to whether the bereavement is justified.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (2)(b), relevant factors include
Payment For Sick Leave If Taken On A Public Holiday
You are not required to pay your staff time and a half if they call in sick on a public holiday they would have otherwise worked more..