Does every employer need to give grievances? And pay for it?

My brother passed needed the day off thought I would get paid for it.

1 answer  |  asked May 24, 2019 04:58 AM [EST]  |  applies to New York

Answers (1)

Charles Joseph
There is no law in New York state that requires employers to give employees paid time off for a death in the family, although some employers voluntarily provide such a benefit.

While New York’s Paid Family Leave Act (NYPFL) and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act entitle eligible workers to take time from work to care for a dying family member, neither law provides for bereavement leave.

In December 2018, Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have extended the NYPFL to require employers to offer up to 12 weeks of paid time off for workers to deal with the death of a family member.

To learn more about family and medical leave in New York State, please visit

This response is not legal advice, but is general information only, based upon the information stated in the question and general legal principles. It is provided for general educational purposes of the public who may have similar questions, not for any specific individual or circumstance. It is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Legal issues depend on all the specific facts of a situation, which are not present here. If you would like to obtain specific legal advice about your issue, you must contact a local attorney who is licensed to practice law in your state.

posted by Charles Joseph  |  May 27, 2019 09:27 AM [EST]

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