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.”