If someone close to you dies, and you meet the employee eligibility criteria, you may be able to take up to 3 days of annual bereavement leave.
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When bereavement leave can be used
Bereavement leave is special paid leave that can be for used for a range of situations including:
- the death of an immediate family member or a close friend
- a miscarriage or stillbirth
- cultural responsibilities in relation to the death ( for example, a tangi or headstone unveiling)
- organising estate or financial issues.
The Employment NZ website provides guidance on the eligibility criteria including:
- the employee’s relationship to the deceased
- how long the employee has worked for the employer
- when the payment for bereavement leave is made.
Some employers offer more than 3 days leave — check your employment agreement.
If you don’t meet the criteria or want extra time off
Your employer might agree to:
- give you bereavement leave in advance
- let you take annual leave.
Who to contact for help
Employers and employees can contact Employment NZ for queries about bereavement leave issues: