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Funeral/Bereavement Leave

Funeral leave grants employees paid time to attend the funeral and for travel and bereavement time, upon the death of an employee's immediate family or certain other relatives.

Specific information on the following topics can be found below:

Length of Leave
Benefits Continuation


Civil Service employees in a trainee, apprentice, provisional, or status appointment and all academic staff members are eligible for funeral leave.


Upon request, eligible employees are granted funeral leave when informing their supervisor of the need.

Length of Leave

Employees are granted three days of paid leave for immediate family members, which includes:

  • Father
  • Mother
  • Sister
  • Brother
  • Spouse
  • Registered same-sex domestic partner
  • Child, including child of a registered same-sex domestic partner (if unborn, gestational age must be 20 or more weeks)
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild, including grandchild of a registered same-sex domestic partner
  • Biological, adopted, foster, legal ward, step or in loco parentis relationship
  • In-law (grandmother-, grandfather-, mother-, father-, brother-, sister-, son-, and daughter-in-law), including a relative of a registered same-sex domestic partner (grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, brother, sister, son, and daughter)
  • Member of the employee's household

Employees are granted one day of paid leave for a relative other than the above who is not a member of the employee's household - aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or cousin of the employee. (Such relatives are regarded as members of the immediate family only if in residence in the employee's household.)

Relationships existing due to marriage will terminate upon the death or divorce of the relative through whom the marriage relationship exists. Current marital status will be defined in accordance with Illinois State law.

Similarly, relationships existing due to a registered same-sex domestic partnership will end upon termination of the domestic partnership. Registered same-sex domestic partners are recognized by the University through completion and submission of the University of Illinois Affidavit of Domestic Partnership. Please visit the Domestic Partner page for further details on domestic partner benefits.

A designated supervisor may grant a leave to an employee who cannot, because of special circumstances, return to work at the completion of the allowable funeral leave days. Such leave will be taken without pay or accrued vacation time may be used.

Benefits Continuation

While on funeral leave, employees continue to receive the same State and University benefits as when actively working. All State-paid contributions continue.


Paid funeral leave may be used only on days an employee is scheduled to work.

Civil Service employees receive 1/5 of the full-time weekly work schedule of the employee classification times the employee's percent time of appointment. These hours multiplied by the regular straight-time hourly rate (or benefit hourly rate) equals the amount of funeral leave to be paid.

Academic staff members receive their regular salary while on paid funeral leave.


Select from the appropriate campus and/or employee group for specific policy information. Although registered same-sex domestic partners are not directly referenced in the policies, many of these benefits are extended to an employee's registered same-sex domestic partner. Please visit the Domestic Partner page for further details on domestic partner benefits.

University Policies
General Rules Concerning University Organization and Procedure
Clarification Memo re: Sick Leave, Funeral/Bereavement Leave, and Parental Leave

Policy and Rules for Civil Service Staff
Rule 11.05 - Funeral Leave

Campus Policies
Urbana: Bereavement Leave
Chicago: Funeral Leave (Bereavement)
Springfield: Contact the campus Human Resources Office.

Maintained by University Human Resources | Contact Information | Last Update: 04-August-2014 | ID: 1301