After you’ve been at your job for 6 months, you’re legally entitled to bereavement leave if someone close to you dies.
Death of an immediate family member
You can legally take up to 3 days’ paid leave after the death of a:
- partner’s parent
You can take this leave at any time and for any reason that relates to the death.
Some employers offer more than 3 days’ leave — check your employment agreement.
Death of someone else close to you
You might also be able to take 1 day of paid leave if someone else you’re close to dies.
Your employer decides whether you get bereavement leave or need to take annual leave, but they should consider:
- how close you were to the person who died
- any responsibilities you have at the funeral
- your cultural obligations (for example, attending a tangi).