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Acas comment on pet bereavement at work

Friday 16 August 2019

Acas was approached to comment on workplace rights around pet bereavement due to a case that's had some coverage in the media. Acas has some general advice on bereavement. Our statement on the story is included below:

Acas spokesperson said:

"The law gives a day one right for an employee to have reasonable time off work to deal with a bereavement involving a dependent. Bereavement is a very personal issue and can affect different people in different ways.

"Dealing with bereavement can impact a person's mental health. Pets are not specifically mentioned within workplace bereavement legislation but the death of a beloved pet can impact a worker's mental health and a good employer should be sensitive and mindful of their employees' wellbeing. Acas has some good practice advice on promoting positive mental health at work: www.acas.org.uk/mentalhealth"