For many people, they do not consider bereavement leave until they need it, and the time they take for their employer depends.
In the case of Laura Madaio, she was on paid maternity leave for three weeks after the sudden death of her father in 2018.
John Madaio was driving down Route 9 in Spencer on 13 August when bars went out of his wind wing and killed him.
“It was the worst day of people’s lives,” said Madaio, the youngest daughter of her father.
Currently there is no law on bereavement leave in Massachusetts, nor any other state in England.
“I hope more people understand that this is an ongoing issue in the state and outside the state and that we must start talking about it,” said Madaio.
According to the Department of Labor, it is not covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Oregon is the only state in the country that has law on the books, where people can spend up to two weeks’ paid time to plan, attend, and thrive. .
The 2017 survey carried out by the International Institute of Employee Benefit Plans found that 94 per cent of organizations had paid bereavement leave.
A majority offer three days’ holiday for the death of a spouse or child. However, if aunt, uncle, niece or nephew dies, it is common to get one day.
“There is no time stamp on how you live the sadness and how long it takes you to overcome it,” Madaio said. “The fact is that you don’t get over.”
On Tuesday, Madaio began an online petition asking Governor Charlie Baker to increase bereavement leave in Massachusetts. There were over 3,900 signatures on Friday night.
“We don’t want to put people off work,” she said. “We want to go back to work easier.”
Madaio said that the best case is to get a case on the books, and the plan is to get the petition to Gov. Baker in the near future.