In some states, family leave laws include time off for the death of an immediate family member. Iowa does not require private employers to provide bereavement leave. However, the majority of employers in the state do offer their workers paid time off in such a case. Employers generally provide some flexibility in their bereavement leave to allow additional time for an employee who suffers a significant personal loss. There are additional details.
Employee assistance programs (EAPs). Employers may consider offering bereaved employees the opportunity to meet with a grief counselor through an EAP. There is additional information about EAPs.
There is additional information on issues relating to the death of an employee.
Last reviewed March 2016.