Acas uses cookies to ensure we give you the best experience and to make the site simpler. Find out more about cookies.

Website URL :

Acas comment on pet bereavement at work

Friday 16 August 2019

Acas was approached to comment on workplace rights around pet bereavement due to a case that's had some coverage in the media. Acas has some general advice on bereavement. Our statement on the story is included below:

Acas spokesperson said:

"The law gives a day one right for an employee to have reasonable time off work to deal with a bereavement involving a dependent. Bereavement is a very personal issue and can affect different people in different ways.

"Dealing with bereavement can impact a person's mental health. Pets are not specifically mentioned within workplace bereavement legislation but the death of a beloved pet can impact a worker's mental health and a good employer should be sensitive and mindful of their employees' wellbeing. Acas has some good practical advice on promoting positive mental health at work:"