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Death:  Significant Life Event

Employers are not doing enough to acknowledge the significance the death of a loved one has on their employees.  Additionally, there currently not any leaves in the workplace that ensure job protection for time off during the darkest time of an employee's life when they lose a loved one.  Death impacts every sense and every aspect of our life and trying to keep working our jobs in the process can feel impossible.  Let's face it, talking about and acknowledging death and grief is still very taboo in this country.

Under the current Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),  unpaid, protected time off from work currently exists for what is defined as a 'significant life event' which includes: birth, adoption or foster care, serious medical conditions and to care for an ill family member. 

If these are considered significant, why is death not included in that?  David Kessler, grief guru, says it best: "Death is an inescapable life event".  If we are not the one who died, we are dealing with the grief of our person who has passed away and death will effect everyone at some point in this life. 

 

We need to have equal job protections and unpaid leave laws around allowing time off in the event of a significant death so that not only individuals can grieve properly but also not worry about losing their jobs in the process.

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Time Off for Grief

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