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Poll: should employers offer staff bereavement leave when a pet dies?

This poll is about 3 years old
 

A charity has become possibly the first UK employer to give staff bereavement leave when a pet dies.

League Against Cruel Sports has brought in a new policy entitling employees to four days paid leave when a four legged, feathered or finny friend passes.

Could this be the start of a trend? Might other employers follow the league’s lead?

We’re asking: should employers offer staff bereavement leave when a pet dies?

Vote nowand join in the debate by leaving a comment below.

Should employers offer staff bereavement leave when a pet dies?

Yes
213
No
67
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Janet Mundy
about 3 years ago
Not 4 days though! 1 day should be sufficient.
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Laura-Jane Sheridan
about 3 years ago
I think this is a fantastic idea and it's great to see this even being considered. Losing a pet for many people is on a par with losing a family member. For others, a pet is their only family member. The loss of a pet has a devastating impact and the impact is enormous. More employers should definitely consider this - at least to offer it, then the employee has the option to take it up or not, if they feel it's not needed.
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Robert Klohe
about 3 years ago
What a wonderful move! To many, a pet means so much, and their feeling of loss is just as deep and valid as any other. With bereavement being so often not taking seriously at all, it's so inspiring to see this finally taken into consideration.
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[email protected]
about 3 years ago
Yes.. without a shadow of a doubt..... it's incredibly upsetting... they're a member of your family.....
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Pat jackson
about 3 years ago
Ýes your pet is part of your family
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Aileen Ward
about 3 years ago
Absolutely wonderful idea so often we drag ourselves in stoically having lost a member of our family... I have been fortunate to work for employers who at least allowed me to take a days leave to take care of our loved companions but an employer recognising this as a right is a huge step in employee welfare.
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Lisa Owens
about 3 years ago
This is a very good idea, our dogs cats etc, are our family just the same as our human family
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Someone
about 3 years ago
Really. A lot of people don't even get sick pay in the sector. I think sick pay should be employers priorities rather that animal bereavement pay.How do you possibly police it?