Deferring Compassionate Leave

Deferring compassionate leave

QUESTION Dear HR Community I have a colleague whose father passed away recently in the Philippines. According to our compassionate leave policy, he is entitled to five days of compassionate leave from the date of the demise. However, he is unable to fly home for the bereavement due to the current COVID-19 situation here and has requested that he defers his compassionate leave to the end of June. Please advise if we should consider his request. Thank you so much and hope everyone is safe and healthy. Best Regards Karen   REPLIES & COMMENTS   Dear Karen Deferring any type of leave is at the discretion of the department and HR, and the supervisor may need to consider if the timing will affect any work deadline or alternative work arrangement required, etc. Although SG law does not mandate compulsory compassionate leave, given the COVID-19 exceptional circumstances, the Company should show care and concern to the grieving employee, especially for those with families abroad. Even a delayed bereavement can bring closure and the employee will appreciate the Company’s gesture. Though, it has to be made clear that this exception only applies because of the COVID-19 situation, to avoid abuse of the […]

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Condolence Policy

Condolence Policy

QUESTION Dear HR Practitioners, Please share your company practices when a colleague’s family member dies. We are providing 2 days paid compassionate leave upon the death of parents, spouse, siblings, children, grandparents & parents-in-law. Aside from the paid leave, we would want to find some other ways to show the company’s support to the colleague. I know that some companies give money or send condolence wreath. Are there any other practices aside from these? Thank you. Erly     REPLY 1 Our company gives 5 days for own parents and siblings etc and 3 days for grandparents. On top of that we still give out 500 dollars and 300 dollars respectively. Cas     REPLY 2 Our company practise is 3 days of compassion leave regardless who passed away. We did away with the condolence wreath. Instead we give condolence money and card which are sign by colleagues. Jessica      

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