New Mexico 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 coworkers 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, family leave laws include employee bereavement time off after the death of a family member. There is no New Mexico law that requires employers to offer their employees bereavement leave when a family member dies. However, most employers in the state do offer their workers paid time off in such a case. Additional information is available.
Employee assistance programs (EAPs). Employers may consider offering bereaved employees the opportunity to see a grief counselor at an EAP, if they have one available. There is additional information about EAPs..
Additional information is available on issues relating to the death of an employee.
Last reviewed March 2015.

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