Should the death of a pet qualify for bereavement leave?

The death of a pet can be as distressing as the loss of a human loved one to some. 

All employees are entitled to 'time off doe dependants' - a spouse, partner, child, grandchild, parent, or someone who depends on you for care. This is a reasonable amount of unpaid time off to deal with unforeseen matters and emergencies involving a dependant, including leave to arrange or attend a funeral. 

Emily Meredith, HR Manager at leading recruiter Acorn, said: "More and more companies are offering their employees time off to deal with the loss of a pet. Employers are recognising that in some cases the loss of the pet can be a distressing time and that time away from the workplace may assist people in getting over their loss.

"Employee wellbeing is very important here at Acorn where we review these situations on an individual basis"

"Employee wellbeing is very important here at Acorn where we review these situations on an individual basis; being flexible and accommodating in these scenarios helps maintain morale and employee engagement."

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