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Compassionate leave may be granted to employees as follows;
Approved periods of compassionate leave may be supplemented and/or extended by additional unpaid leave or facilitation with a period of annual leave. Where an employee has exhausted his/her annual leave allowance and is confronted with a serious or sudden illness of an immediate relative (or, in exceptional circumstances, a distant relative), special leave with pay up to a maximum of 3 days may be granted In the case of a spouse or child the maximum number of days may be increased to five.
Managers hould be particularly sensitive to the needs of employees in circumstances of bereavement. Support may be offered, if required, throughtthe Occupational Health Service and leave supplemented by alternative means if required.
HSE HR Circular 016/12 re Compassionate Leave in the Health Service