HR Dive: Why it may be time for a more compassionate bereavement policy

HR Dive, September 29, 2021, Why it May Be Time For a More Compassionate Bereavement Policy

A viral LinkedIn post drew attention to the failures of the standard, three-day leave offered for bereavement.

Tamara Rasberry, director of HR and operations for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, has consulted with a number of companies on how to craft a bereavement leave policy. Almost always, she said, companies “started out having a three-day bereavement policy … three days, for some reason, is the general number most places use.”

Convincing companies to broaden their policy is a “struggle,” Rasberry said. “Senior leadership teams tend to, in my experience, want to give you the least amount of something that they can give you while also trying to seem halfway compassionate.”

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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