5.12 Bereavement/Tangihanga Leave
5.12.1 An employee shall be granted special bereavement leave on full pay to discharge their obligations and/or pay their respects to a deceased person with whom they have had a close association. Such obligations may exist because of blood or family ties or because of particular cultural requirements such as attendance at all or part of a Tangihanga (or its equivalent).
5.12.2 In granting time off the employer must administer these provisions in a culturally sensitive manner taking into account:
- The closeness of the association between the employee and the deceased (Note: This association need not be a blood relationship);
- Whether the employee has to take significant responsibility for any or all of the arrangements to do with the ceremonies resulting from the death;
- The amount of time needed to discharge properly any responsibilities or obligations;
- Reasonable travelling time should be allowed, but for cases involving overseas travel that may not be the full period of travel;
- A decision must be made as quickly as possible so that the employee is given the maximum time possible to make any arrangements necessary. In most cases the necessary approval will be given immediately, but may be given retrospectively where necessary;
- If paid special leave is not appropriate then annual leave or leave without pay should be granted.
- The minimum requirements as per s70 of the Holidays Act 2003 (in summary 3 days for a family member; 1 day for a close associate).
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