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Fs Collective Agreement Bereavement

The FS Collective Agreement and Bereavement: Understanding Your Rights

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is always difficult, and the last thing you need during such a trying time is the added stress of navigating workplace policies. Fortunately, the FS Collective Agreement offers some protections for federal public service employees who are grieving a loss.

Under the collective agreement, employees are entitled to up to five days of bereavement leave. This leave can be taken for the death of an immediate family member, which includes a spouse or common-law partner, child, parent, grandparent, sibling, or their spouse/common-law partner’s immediate family member.

In addition to the five days of bereavement leave, employees may also be entitled to other forms of leave and accommodations depending on their situation. For example, an employee who needs additional time off to make funeral arrangements, attend a memorial service, or travel to attend to family matters may be able to take other types of leave, such as personal leave or compassionate care leave.

It’s important to note that bereavement leave is separate from other types of leave, such as sick leave or vacation leave. Employees cannot use sick or vacation leave to cover their bereavement. However, they can choose to use other types of leave in addition to their bereavement leave, if needed.

In order to take bereavement leave, employees are required to provide their employer with notice and documentation of the death and their relationship to the deceased. This documentation can include a death certificate, obituary, or other official documentation. Employers may also require additional documentation, such as travel receipts, if the employee needs to travel for the funeral or other family matters.

It’s important to understand your rights under the FS Collective Agreement and to communicate with your employer about any additional needs or accommodations during this difficult time. By doing so, you can ensure that you have the time and support you need to properly grieve and take care of your family.

In conclusion, the FS Collective Agreement provides federal public service employees with important protections and benefits during a difficult time of bereavement. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, be sure to communicate with your employer about your needs and take advantage of the available bereavement leave and other accommodations.

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