Bereavement and Compassionate Leave Policy

Loss of a close family member

If a staff member suffers the death of a close family member, then they receive:

Taking leave after bereavement isn't compulsory, but taking at least 1 week is recommended for a myriad of reasons (if you feel unaffected, that's usually a sign you are).

Who counts as close family?

By default: parents, partners (whether married or not), brothers, sisters, and children. A miscarriage is also the loss of a close family member.

However the company aims to be understanding around other cases. What matters is the person's emotional relationship with the deceased. The loss of a very close friend can cause as much grief. Line managers should handle each case with consideration and empathy.

Loss of a relative or friend

If a staff member loses any relative (including an in-law) or a friend, they can have a day off as paid leave to attend the funeral.


For contractors, we aim to be understanding and considerate. This is handled on a case-by-case basis. It could include: