Louisiana 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 when trying to respond to the employee's loss. However, the bereaved employee will usually appreciate an offer of assistance and support from the workplace.
Managers and supervisors can be particularly helpful in communications by making sure the employee understands and uses available bereavement leave benefits; by conveying to co-workers information the employee wants communicated (e.g., time and place of memorial service); and by 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, the state Family Leave Act includes employee bereavement time off upon the death of a family member. Louisiana does not have a law that requires employers to offer their employees bereavement leave when an immediate family member dies. However, most employers in the state do offer their workers paid time off in such a case.
Employee assistance programs (EAPs). People experience grief differently, and the employee who has suffered a loss, as well as co-workers who are close to the employee, may exhibit a lack of concentration, low productivity, and depression as they grieve. There may be times when employees will benefit from talking with a trained professional. Employers with EAPs may consider offering bereaved employees the opportunity to meet ...

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