SDSU Research Foundation offers paid bereavement leave to most full-time and part-time* employees after the loss of an immediate family member or member of their household. An employee may be granted up to 5-days of paid bereavement leave per event to be taken within a 12-month period to handle matters related to death and grieving. If additional time is needed, the employee may request from their supervisor to use accrued vacation, to use accrued personal holiday time or to request an unpaid leave of absence.
Immediate family is defined as the employee’s
- Spouse or Domestic Partner (DP),
- Parents (including step-parents, foster parents, parents-in-law and DP’s parents),
- Grandparents, Grandchildren,
- Children (including step-children, adopted children, foster children, DP's children and children for whom the employee has parent responsibilities), and
- A relative or friend who resides with the employee.
Employees are required to notify their supervisor for the need for bereavement leave.
Bereavement pay is calculated based on the base pay rate at the time of the need for leave and does not include any special forms of compensation, such as incentives, commissions, bonuses, overtime, or shift differentials. Temporary casual employees do not fall under this policy, however, they may request from their supervisor to use accrued vacation or personal holiday time or request an unpaid leave of absence.
* If scheduled to work less than 40 hours each week, bereavement leave will be prorated based upon the employee’s less than full-time schedule.