Do workers need pet bereavement leave?

Definition of ‘immediate family’ changing beyond traditional, say experts
By Liz Foster
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/18/2016

Many people are very fond of  their pets and consider them furry members of the family. As a result, a number of organizations are starting to recognize — through extended leaves — the grief experienced by employees following the loss of a pet. 

Shoppers Drug Mart considers pets to be part of the family and is flexible in its application of its bereavement leave benefit, according to Lana Gogas, manager of communications and corporate affairs for Shoppers Drug Mart in Toronto.

“Shoppers Drug Mart offers flexibility to employees who are dealing with a death in the family and this includes pets,” she said.