Iowa Death in Family: What you need to know

Offering support and assistance to an employee who has suffered a loss in his or her family can be difficult because people often feel helpless about how to respond to the employee's loss. However, the bereaved employee will usually appreciate the offer of assistance and support from the workplace.
Managers and supervisors can be particularly helpful in communications with the employee: making sure that he or she understands and uses available bereavement leave benefits; conveying to coworkers information the employee wants communicated (e.g., time and place of memorial service); assuring the employee that work is being handled. Managers can also help interested volunteers organize a system to provide meals, babysitting services, transportation, and other assistance to the bereaved employee. Most companies arrange for flowers to be sent and many employers have a representative from the company attend the funeral or memorial service.
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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.

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