Federal Bereavement Leave Policy

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This Bereavement Leave petition seeks to establish universal federal bereavement leave for the death of a family member. With our world being ravaged by Covid-19 the intent is to bring awareness to the need to make bereavement leave for the death of a loved one a universal benefit that is under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Bereavement leave in the state of Oregon allows employees to attend a funeral, make funeral arrangements, or grieve their lost loved one. This leave is two weeks (10 working days) per death and must take place within 60 days from the day the employee learns of the death. This should be a universal federal law as the standard 3 days is simply not enough for most people to plan, grieve and return to work as a productive member of the workforce.