Poll: should employers offer staff bereavement leave when a pet dies?

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A charity has become possibly the first UK employer to give staff bereavement leave when a pet dies.

League Against Cruel Sports has brought in a new policy entitling employees to four days paid leave when a four legged, feathered or finny friend passes.

Could this be the start of a trend? Might other employers follow the league’s lead?

We’re asking: should employers offer staff bereavement leave when a pet dies?

Vote now and join in the debate by leaving a comment below.

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31st August 2018 by Graham Martin 8 Comments

Should employers offer staff bereavement leave when a pet dies?

Poll results (total votes: 275)

Should employers offer staff bereavement leave when a pet dies?
Answer:
Yes
Votes:
208
Ratio:
75.64%
Answer:
No
Votes:
67
Ratio:
24.36%

3rd September 2018 by Janet Mundy

Not 4 days though! 1 day should be sufficient.

4th September 2018 by Laura-Jane Sheridan

I think this is a fantastic idea and it's great to see this even being considered. Losing a pet for many people is on a par with losing a family member. For others, a pet is their only family member. The loss of a pet has a devastating impact and the impact is enormous. More employers should definitely consider this - at least to offer it, then the employee has the option to take it up or not, if they feel it's not needed.

4th September 2018 by Robert Klohe

What a wonderful move! To many, a pet means so much, and their feeling of loss is just as deep and valid as any other. With bereavement being so often not taking seriously at all, it's so inspiring to see this finally taken into consideration.

4th September 2018 by [email protected]

Yes.. without a shadow of a doubt..... it's incredibly upsetting... they're a member of your family.....

4th September 2018 by Pat jackson

Ýes your pet is part of your family

4th September 2018 by Aileen Ward

Absolutely wonderful idea so often we drag ourselves in stoically having lost a member of our family... I have been fortunate to work for employers who at least allowed me to take a days leave to take care of our loved companions but an employer recognising this as a right is a huge step in employee welfare.

4th September 2018 by Lisa Owens

This is a very good idea, our dogs cats etc, are our family just the same as our human family

7th September 2018 by Someone

Really. A lot of people don't even get sick pay in the sector. I think sick pay should be employers priorities rather that animal bereavement pay.How do you possibly police it?