It is always an emotional time when a family pet dies. While some employers may comfort the bereaved with tissues and perhaps give them a lighter load that day, there is an online campaign for this occasion to be eligible for bereavement leave.
The campaign was started by a sandwich shop worker who couldn’t clock on that day due to the grief of losing her beloved terrier Millie. The sandwich shop was not so sympathetic, giving her the ultimatum: find cover or hit the road.
Pets are like members of the family. And no doubt, the grief when your furry friend passes away is real. But would you allow an employee to have time off to grieve in the same way you would for a family member of the human kind? Alternatively, would you leave the shutters down on your practice or spend time off work to come to terms with the loss of your pet?
And while most employers worth their salt will show compassion towards their employees, where should they draw the line? Is the death of a cat the same as a hamster?