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Chrm Message From: Sandhya Chib Total Posts: 22 Join Date: 10/02/2007
Rank: Executive Post Date: 23/01/2014 04:30:44 Points: 110 Location: United States

Dear All,

I have recently joined a new organization and there is a long serving employee with a terminal illness who is very serious and the doctors have confirmed that he doesn't have much time.

Regret for such a question but incase a terrible incident were to happen, should we allow the other employees to go to the funeral if it falls on a work day and should employees be paid salary for that day?

My management has asked me to be prepared in advance to deal with such a scenario and I need to be ready with a decision.

Looking forward to your feedback.


Chrm Message From: subramani Total Posts: 30 Join Date: 10/02/2007  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 23/01/2014 04:33:48 Points: 150 Location: United States

I suggest that you discuss with your management team and get them on board to take a mutually agreed decision on such a case. 

Chrm Message From: nath Total Posts: 36 Join Date: 10/02/2007  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 23/01/2014 04:36:08 Points: 180 Location: United States

 Dear Sandhya,

Sad to hear this but I would advise you to check with the local labour department if they have any grief program in place for companies. As the employee has had a long tenure with the company, it may be difficult for his colleagues to bear this loss so this too should be taken into consideration as it may affect workplace productivity.




Chrm Message From: Vijaytc Total Posts: 5 Join Date: 10/02/2007  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 25/01/2014 00:36:00 Points: 25 Location: United States

Sandhya, Surely in such an unfortunate incident , surely his close colleagues should be given time off to 'represent ' the company for the cremation. Preferably such a representative can be his immediate supervisor who should be with the employee's family at the moment of grief. Managing such situations should be through practical senses rather than by law book or procedures. Iam not saying the whole office be given off; or if it is happening at a far off place. To touch baiscs , business should always be seen as 'for people' be it employees or local community or customers. Insensitive business practices are un ethical and in humane . Dont you agree ?



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