Bereavement leave for miscarriage?

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Registered: 11-28-2007
Bereavement leave for miscarriage?
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Wed, 11-05-2008 - 8:14pm
Should an employer allow an employee to use bereavement leave days when she experiences a miscarriage?
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Registered: 11-29-2005
Wed, 11-05-2008 - 8:37pm
At first thought, I would think sick leave would be more appropriate, but I hadn't thought about it before.

 


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Wed, 11-05-2008 - 8:42pm
Honestly? I think it depends. Traditionally, bereavement leave is used to help a person/family take time off of work to both plan a funeral and grieve the death of a family member. While I understand the loss of a wanted pregnancy can be horrible and sad, and certainly worth grieving over... I really think it's up to the individual employer whether or not they feel it is warranted. Of course, this also depends on whether the leave in question is paid or unpaid... And, is the Bereavement Leave policy seperate from anything that would be covered under FMLA?


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Registered: 01-15-2008
Wed, 11-05-2008 - 9:50pm

ABSOLUTELY!


People generally tend to think of "miscarriage" as 5, 10, etc weeks...but by medical definition "miscarriage" is any point before 20 weeks. A woman who loses her baby at 19 weeks WILL need to plan a funeral etc (assuming that's what she wants). So yes, bereavement leave would be appropriate for miscarriage.

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Registered: 05-06-2007
Thu, 11-06-2008 - 8:39am

"Should an employer allow an employee to use bereavement leave days when she experiences a miscarriage?"

Nope. There are personal days for things such as this. It's far too much of a slippery slope, IMO. I mean, who knows...maybe this month when I think I'm just having my period, I'm actually miscarrying. Should I get a day off? There are just too many what if's in this sort of situation.

I think if a woman needs the time off, that's fine, but use a personal or sick day.

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Registered: 04-15-2006
Thu, 11-06-2008 - 9:42am
I think I would need a little more info to answer your question completely.
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Thu, 11-06-2008 - 11:51am

Yes.

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Registered: 05-02-2006
Thu, 11-06-2008 - 12:16pm

Just thinking on the logical side of it - we know that the law currently defines a person as someone who has been born.

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Registered: 03-23-2008
Thu, 11-06-2008 - 12:35pm
I agree with you entirely and I don't think there could ever be a mandate saying bereavement leave must be allowed in the case of a miscarriage. I think if a woman were to lose a pregnancy far enough along that there is a body, it might be a different matter. That woman might want to have a funeral, and in that case, I think it should be up to the woman and her employer to come to an agreement that fits her unique circumstances. Otherwise, I think sick leave, personal days, or vacation time would be sufficient.

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Registered: 11-28-2007
Thu, 11-06-2008 - 4:11pm
Paid bereavement is offered up to 3 days for the loss of employee's child, parent, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, or any person living in household
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Registered: 11-28-2007
Thu, 11-06-2008 - 4:15pm
Employee is entitled to 10 days sick or personal leave per year, no vacation.
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