A Brief Overview on Compassionate or Bereavement Leave

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    The corporate culture is evolving. Businesses are becoming more aware of the value of work-life harmony and are seeking ways to foster better connections with employees. The majority of individuals can comprehend the significance of compassionate leave. But let’s keep reading to find out more about it and how it operates in the UAE.

    Compassionate or bereavement leave may be granted to employees to mourn the death of a close relative. It is never easy to cope with the grief of a relative. The ideal approach to concentrating on what’s important most and being with family while you recoup may be to take time off from work.

    Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) has announced the introduction of Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 that will regulate labor relations and employment practice in UAE. The New UAE Labor Law has come into effect from February 2, 2022 and it will replace the Current UAE Labor Law entirely. Bereavement or Compassionate leave came into effect with the introduction of Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021

    In UAE, a private sector employee is eligible to:

    • 5 days – death of spouse
    • 3 days – death of a parent, child, sibling, grandchild or grandparent

    Compassionate or bereavement leave starts from the date in the event of the death of a family member.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is compassionate or bereavement leave?

      The employee is qualified to take a leave of absence in the event of the death of a member of their close family.

    2. Are compassionate and bereavement leaves similar?

      Bereavement leave and compassionate leave are both similar. Both terms refer to a type of paid time off after the passing of a  family member.

    3. When may compassionate or bereavement leave be used?

      When a member of the employee’s immediate family passes away, the employee may use the leave.

    4. How long may an employee take compassionate leave?

      An employee may take five days off following the loss of their spouse or partner. Employees may request a 3-day leave of absence if their parents, grandparents, siblings, kids, or grandkids pass away.

    5. When does the period of compassionate leave begin?

      The leave begins from the date in the occurrence of the death.

    Article 32 1a in labor law

    Bereavement leave of (5) five days, in case of death of the husband or wife and (3) three days in case of death of the mother, father, son, brother, sister, grandson, grandfather or grandmother, starting from the date of death.

    For a comprehensive understanding of leave policies in UAE, UAE leave policy.

     

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