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Bereavement Leave Frequently Asked Questions

Can a supervisor authorize bereavement leave in excess of what is provided for in any of the MCPS negotiated agreements with MCEA, MCAASP or SEIU Local 500?

No, only the Leave Administration team in the Employee and Retiree Service Center (ERSC) can authorize additional bereavement leave.

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Can an employee use bereavement leave for the death of a neighbor?

The negotiated agreements do not provide for bereavement leave in this event. Employees should use personal or annual leave to attend the funeral.

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Can an employee use bereavement leave for the death of a coworker?

The negotiated agreements do not provide for bereavement leave in this event. Employees should use personal or annual leave to attend the funeral.

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If the family member who dies lived in a foreign country, can the employee request additional days of bereavement leave?

The employee may request additional bereavement leave using form 430-1. Only the ERSC can approve additional time.

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Can bereavement leave be taken several days or weeks after the death of a family member?

Bereavement leave is intended for the funeral arrangements and services immediately following a death. Requests for leave after this period should be discussed with the ERSC.

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An employee requests five days of leave for the death of a grandparent because the grandparent was “like a parent”? How many days of leave should be approved?

Unless the grandparent had (a) legally adopted the employee, and therefore was a legal parent or (b) lived in the same household as the employee, the current negotiated agreements only allow for two (2) days of bereavement leave.

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Can bereavement leave be taken to attend a memorial service or re-internment that occurs months after the death?

Bereavement leave is intended for the funeral arrangements and services immediately following a death. Requests for leave after this period should be discussed with the ERSC.

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