Staff Handbook

If you wish to take Bereavement Leave after this period (but within 56 weeks of the child’s death), you must give at least one week’s notice. Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (SPBP) If you have at least 26 weeks’ continuous service by the week before the week in which the child dies and earn at least the Lower Earnings Limit for National Insurance Contributions (NI), you will also be entitled to SPBP whilst taking Bereavement Leave. This is at the standard rate as set by the Government. 19.Time off for Dependants You are entitled to reasonable time off without pay for urgent incidents of real need involving a dependant, who is a member of your immediate family or someone who reasonably relies on you for help when they are ill or injured or for making arrangements for them to be cared for in the event of illness or injury. The entitlement to time off in such circumstances is limited to what is reasonable for you to deal with the immediate problem and to make any alternative long-term care arrangements if necessary. As soon as is reasonably practicable you should notify your line manager of the reason for absence and, unless already back at work, its likely duration. 20.Jury Service You are entitled to time off work to fulfil your obligations with regard to Jury Service. In the event of you being summoned to attend for Jury Service, you must notify your line manager immediately on receipt of the Jury Summons, giving details of the dates you are required to attend Court. If you are retained on Jury Service for a prolonged period, you have an obligation to notify the Company and must keep in regular contact throughout. You must return to normal working immediately following your release from Jury duties. You are reminded to ensure that an expenses claim is submitted to the Court in accordance with the available allowances for travelling, subsistence and your financial loss. You are not entitled to payment for this time off.


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