Bereavement leave (additional)

In addition to the leave in the event of death, as an employee you are entitled to a maximum of two weeks of bereavement leave with pay (salary). This leave gives you the time and space to grieve and is in addition to the bereavement leave.

  • In the event of the death of a spouse, registered partner or the person with whom you live unmarried, a parent, parent-in-law, step-parent or foster parent, child, step-child or foster child, son-in-law or daughter-in-law: two weeks.
  • In the event of the death of a brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandfather, grandmother or grandchild: one week. This applies mutatis mutandis in the case of a registered partnership. 
  • In the event of the death of a person with whom you have otherwise had a social relationship and for whom you acted as a carer: one week.

Agreements about the extent, duration and content of your bereavement leave should be made with your supervisor. Because everyone processes their loss in their own way, further measures may be needed. One colleague may want to resume work as soon as possible, while another may need more time to mourn and may not yet be able to return to work.