Bereavement Leave Language within the CBA

Effective January 1, 2018: 

 4.1.1.1.     Bereavement Leave

 4.1.1.1.1.    When there is a death in an employee’s immediate family, the employee shall be granted up to 40 consecutive working hours of bereavement leave with pay. Immediate family shall mean spouse, child, mother, father, legal guardian, sister, brother or equivalent step relationship.

 4.1.1.1.2.    When there is a death in an employee’s extended family, the employee shall be granted up to 24 consecutive working hours of bereavement leave with pay. Extended family shall mean mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, common-law spouse’s extended family or equivalent step relationship.

 4.1.1.1.3.    Employees who suffer the death of a close friend may be granted up to one day at the approval of the Director of the Department.

For funerals held outside of the City, an additional eight (8) hours of paid bereavement leave may be granted at the approval of the Director of the Department.

Notwithstanding the above, an employee may utilize up to 16 hours of bereavement leave set out in 4.1.1.1.2., and 4.1.1.1.3. to be taken within one (1) year following the initial leave, for deferred ceremonies at the approval of the Director of the Department.