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Last Saturday, my grandmother passed away. It really makes me sad and I will not doing my best work when I return to work. I had to help with all the funeral arrangements, and it tires me. Also, I'm still mourning her death.

So, I would like to apply for bereavement leave for three days. I tried to message to my manager to apply for bereavement leave but he stated that I'm not eligible to apply. He mentions that the bereavement leave is only for the death of parents and siblings. I need to apply for my emergency leave instead but not bereavement leave.

As I know, isn't bereavement leave cover for all family deaths?

  • Is there perhaps a legal precedent for you if your grandmother was your legal guardian, or if no-one else is physically capable of handling the funeral arrangements? Do you know if anyone else in the company before you has ever been allowed compassionate leave for a relative that wasn't their parents or siblings? – user34587 Mar 19 at 8:37
  • @Kozaky she not my legal guardian as she stays at my village. So I had to travel there and it takes some times. And I as her grandchild had a promise with her to handle her funeral. I'm not so sure about any of my officemates has applied leave other than parents and siblings. – Nazrein Mar 19 at 8:52
  • @Twyxz what do you mean depends on location? – Nazrein Mar 19 at 8:52
  • I try to message to my manager to apply for bereavement leave but he stated that I'm not eligible to apply...so you are saying your manager is wrong..question is, are you sure? Why don't you check with someone else, someone from HR department, about whether there is any policy about the same? Whatever answer we provide here would not be authentic. It's not about fair or unfair, it's about what's in the agreement and company policy. – Sourav Ghosh Mar 19 at 9:17
  • @SouravGhosh I did not say my manager is wrong but I'm not sure the exact terms to apply for that leave. I just want a confirmation. :) – Nazrein Mar 19 at 9:21
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Sorry for your loss.

Unfortunately bereavement leave in Malaysia has no statutory entitlement - it's entirely at the discretion of the employer, and from the sounds of it their policy doesn't include grandparents. The fact that they are suggesting emergency leave might be a possibility is encouraging - it sounds as if the answer isn't a flat "no", rather that the logistics just need to be different.

  • Thank you for your concern. I agree with you. Rather than no, I still able to apply for emergency leave. Thank you for clarifying your answer. :) – Nazrein Mar 19 at 9:47
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    @Nazrein No problem - hope you feel better soon. – motosubatsu Mar 19 at 9:51

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