Bereavement Leave - All Employees

adopted: Jan-2017
last revised: April-2023

The Family Bereavement Leave Act (FBLA) entitles eligible employees up to 2 weeks (10 work days) of unpaid leave time following the death of a covered family member, stillbirth, miscarriage, unsuccessful reproductive procedure, failed adoption match or unfinalized adoption agreement, failed surrogacy agreement, or diagnosis that negatively impacts pregnancy or fertility. Employees are entitled to up to six (6) weeks of unpaid leave in the event of the death of more than one covered family member in a 12-month period.

An employee is eligible for FBLA leave after at least 1,250 hours of service with the College during the prior 12-month period.

An employee may elect to substitute accrued sick, vacation, or personal time for any unpaid leave portion.

FLBA leave time may be used to attend the funeral or alternative to a funeral of a covered family member, make arrangements necessitated by the death, or to grieve. FBLA leave must be completed within 60 days after the date the employee receives notice of the event.

Employees may be required to provide 48 hours of notice before the leave, unless it is not practicable. Documentation to verify the necessity for the requested Family Bereavement leave my be requested by the College.

Eligible employees may take FBLA leave for the death of a covered family member. A “covered family member” is a child, stepchild, spouse, domestic partner, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, or stepparent. “Domestic partner” means

a) the person recognized as the domestic partner of the employee under any domestic partner agreement, or
b) civil union of law of a state or political division of a state, or an unmarried adult person who is in a committed, personal relationship with the employee, who is not a 
     domestic as described in (a) and who is not in a committed relationship with another person, AND who is designated to the College by the employee as the employee's 
     domestic partner.