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Sympathy Days or Bereavement

Amended date: 12/01/2018

The University recognizes the need for time away for bereavement of a loved one, and as such, provides an option for paid time off for all employees who meet benefit eligibility. 

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You may be granted up to three (3) days of paid leave if there is a death in your immediate family. Immediate family is defined as spouse, domestic partner, children (including stepchildren), daughter/son-in-law, mother/father-in-law, parent (including stepparent), brother or sister (including stepbrother and stepsister), brother/sister-in-law, grandparent, and grandchildren. Upon request, employees may be given sympathy leave of up to three (3) days in the event of the death of a family member.

Definitions:

Staff: any benefits-eligible employee who has standard hours of 17.5 hours/week or more and is not otherwise covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Postdoctoral scholars’ employment conditions are outlined in the postdoc handbook. Faculty should refer to the by-laws of their primary school affiliation for guidance.

Related Links and Resources:

Postdoctoral Scholars’ Handbook: https://viceprovost.tufts.edu/postdoc/handbook/

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This Sympathy Days or Bereavement Statement is part of the HR Employee Policies and Procedures that can be found at here.

Disclaimer: Changes to this policy and the handbook in which it is maintained may be made at any time, at the sole discretion of the University and is not a contract. Employment by the University is at will and either the employee or the University may end the employment relationship at any time.