Bereavement Leave

Washington County Bereavement Leave

Oregon Family Medical Leave-Bereavement*



Washington County Bereavement Leave;

An employee is allowed up to three (3) workdays time off with pay for the death of an immediate family member. The Appointing Authority may approve an additional leave of two (2) workdays for necessary funeral travel time.

For the purposes of Washington County Bereavement Leave, immediate family is defined as an employee's;

  • child
  • spouse
  • spouse or spousal equivalent's children
  • parents
  • stepparents
  • sisters
  • brothers
  • grandparents
  • grandchildren
  • father-in-law
  • mother-in-law
  • brothers-in-law
  • sisters-in-law
  • sons-in-law
  • daughters-in-law


In certain circumstances, the Appointing Authority may allow:

  • Bereavement leave for an employee for the death of a person other than their immediate family
  • The use of accrued sick leave in addition to bereavement leave
  • Up to eight (8) hours of Bereavement leave to attend funeral services for a fellow County employee


*NEW FOR 2014 - OFLA Bereavement leave: 

Starting January 1, 2014 an eligible employee is entitled to take a maximum of two weeks of leave per death of a family member, up to a maximum of 12 weeks per leave year. The leave is counted against the employee's OFLA entitlement.  The leave must be completed within 60 days after the date on which the employee receives notice of the death of the family member. 

Under OFLA, family member is defined an employees's;

  • spouse
  • same-gender domestic partner
  • child* or child of same-gender domestic partner*
  • grandparent of employee
  • grandchild of employee
  • biological parent
  • parent-in-law
  • parent of same-gender domestic partner
  • step-parent
  • foster parent
  • daughter-in-law
  • son-in-law
  • a person with whom the employee is or was in a relationship of in loco parentis.

*For purposes of child under OFLA- "Child" is defined as;

  • biological,
  • adopted,
  • foster child,
  • stepchild,
  • a person with whom the employee is or was in a relationship of in loco parentis.