Establish and expand a compassionate bereavement policy at your company. And, push to broaden the circumstances where bereavement leave can be used.
Claire is an organizer and designer based in Chicago. In the past year and a half she's worked on a mayoral, congressional and presidential race where she helped unionize a top-tier presidential campaign. She believes collective action leads to more informed citizens and a healthier society.
Loss is hard to handle and even harder still when we fear the repercussions at work for caring for ourselves during a painful period. It’s come to our attention that [Company] doesn’t have a clear bereavement policy in place. We know well that loss and grief can affect anyone and the COVID pandemic has only made it more pertinent to establish a bereavement policy now that humanely helps people manage during a global pandemic.
Federal law does not mandate bereavement leave however the majority of companies offer a bereavement policy for their workplace. Grieving is a natural human state that is necessary for recovery. Without time for this essential self-care it’s impossible to successfully reintegrate into work. [Company] can take this into consideration by establishing a clear bereavement policy for all employees.