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BUREAU OF HUMAN RESOURCES
HUMAN RESOURCES POLICY AND PRACTICES MANUAL


12.8 BEREAVEMENT LEAVE


State Employees are entitled to bereavement leave with pay for absences resulting from the death of certain family and household members.  The number of days/hours allowed varies depending on the employee’s relationship to the deceased as well as the collective bargaining contract covering the employee’s position.  Following are each of the Bereavement Leave articles currently in effect:

MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
     Administrative Services Unit
     Professional & Technical Unit
     Supervisory Services Unit
     Operations, Maintenance & Support Unit

            Each full-time employee covered by this Agreement shall be allowed up to forty (40) hours leave with full pay, for absences resulting from the death of a spouse or significant other, or the death of a child, stepchild, grandchild, parent or stepparent of either the employee or the employee’s spouse or significant other and up to twenty-four (24) hours of leave with full pay for absences resulting from the death of other members of the employee's immediate family, as defined below. Part-time employees shall receive paid leave on a prorated basis. Employees who are regularly scheduled to work in excess of forty (40) hours per week will receive paid leave equal to the numbers of hours of the extended workweek schedule.
            "Other members of the immediate family" shall mean the guardian, brothers, stepbrothers, sisters, stepsisters, wards, and grandparents of the employee.
            “Significant other” means that a relationship exists between two people, neither of whom is married, that is intended to remain indefinitely and where there is joint responsibility for each other’s common welfare, there are significant shared financial obligations, and there is a shared primary residence.  This relationship must have existed for at least six (6) continuous months before benefits under this Article may be provided.

MAINE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATION

            Each employee covered by this Agreement shall be allowed up to five (5) days leave with pay, for absences resulting from the death of a spouse or significant other, or the death of a child, stepchild, parent or stepparent of either the employee or the employee’s spouse or significant other and up to three (3) days of leave with full pay for absences resulting from the death of other members of the employee's immediate family, as defined below.
            "Other members of the immediate family" shall mean the guardian, brothers, stepbrothers, sisters, stepsisters, wards, grandparents and grandchildren of the employee.
            “Significant other” means that a relationship exists between two people, neither of whom is married, that is intended to remain indefinitely and where there is joint responsibility for each other’s common welfare, there are significant shared financial obligations, and there is a shared primary residence.  This relationship must have existed for at least six (6) continuous months before benefits under this Article may be provided.

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES

            Each full-time employee covered by this Agreement shall be allowed up to forty (40) hours of leave with full pay, for absences resulting from the death of a spouse or significant other, or the death of a child, stepchild, grandchild, parent or stepparent of either the employee or the employee’s spouse or significant other, and up to twenty-four (24) hours of leave with full pay for absences resulting from the death of other members of the employee's immediate family, as defined below.  Part-time employees shall receive paid leave on a pro-rated basis.  Employees who are regularly scheduled to work in excess of forty (40) hours per week will receive paid leave equal to the numbers of hours of the extended workweek schedule.
            "Other members of the immediate family" shall mean the guardian, brothers, stepbrothers, sisters, stepsisters, wards, and grandparents of the employee.
            “Significant other” means that a relationship exists between two people, neither of whom is married, that is intended to remain indefinitely and where there is joint responsibility for each other’s common welfare, there are significant shared financial obligations, and there is a shared primary residence.  This relationship must have existed for at least six (6) continuous months before benefits under this Article may be provided.

MAINE STATE TROOPERS ASSOCIATION

            Each employee covered by this Agreement shall be allowed up to forty (40) hours leave with full pay for absences resulting from the death of a spouse or child, and up to twenty-four (24 hours leave with full pay for absences resulting from the death of a member of the employee's immediate family, as defined in the Sick Leave Article*.
            Employees may use bereavement leave in hourly increments.

*Immediate family as used in this article shall mean the employee’s spouse, or significant other, the parents of the spouse or significant other, and the parents, stepparents, guardian, children, brothers, stepbrothers, sisters, stepsisters, grandparents, grandchildren, stepchildren or wards of the employee. For the purpose of this Article, “significant other” means that a relationship exists between two people, neither of whom is married, that is intended to remain indefinitely and where there is joint responsibility for each other’s common welfare, there are significant shared financial obligations, and they must be living together in a shared primary residence. This relationship must have existed for at least six (6) continuous months before benefits under this Article may be provided.

CONFIDENTIAL

            In the event of the death of a spouse, child, grandchild, parent, or significant other living in the same household, an employee is allowed up to five (5) days of leave. Three (3) days of leave are provided in the event of the death of a sibling, ward, or grandparent. These provisions also apply to relationships by marriage.

 

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