Holidays and leave

Bereavement leave

First refer to the employee’s employment agreement because they can give additional benefits. Contact NZSTA if in doubt.

Employment agreements – Ministry of Education

Core entitlements

Employees who are eligible for sickness leave are also eligible for bereavement leave.

Employees are entitled to up to 3 days of bereavement leave in the event of the death of their:

  • spouse or partner
  • parent
  • child
  • brother or sister
  • grandparent
  • grandchild; and
  • spouse or partner's parent.

Employees are entitled to 1 day of bereavement leave in the event of the death of any person that the employer accepts has caused bereavement to the employee, taking into account:

  • the closeness of association between the employer and the person
  • whether the employee has to take significant responsibility for funeral arrangements; and/or
  • any cultural responsibilities of the employee.

If multiple bereavements occur at the same time then the employee may take the amount of time specified for each bereavement.

Updated: June 2017

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