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Family Bereavement Leave Act

Earlier this year, communications were distributed regarding the leave provision changes due to the  Illinois Family Bereavement Act. The University of Illinois System Human Resources website has been updated to reflect these changes and may be viewed on the Family Bereavement Leave webpage.

Under the Act, employees may take up to 10 days of unpaid leave following a qualifying event involving a covered family member. This Act provides unpaid leave time for additional circumstances related to bereavement and is available to any employee who has been employed by the University for at least 12 months and worked at least 1,000 hours in the last 12 months The University provides paid funeral leave which allows employees to be paid for up to 5 of the 10 days of this family bereavement leave. To learn more about this leave, view Funeral/Bereavement Leave FAQs.

If an employee has a need for Family Bereavement Leave, they may submit a request in writing to the unit/college HR representative. Once eligibility for the leave is determined, the leave may be approved. Please see the Family Bereavement Leave Resource Guide for processing steps. Additionally, there is a template letter posted at that may be used when approving the leave.


Questions may be directed to:

Chicago: UIC Human Resources                            

UI Hospital and Clinics (UI Health)                      

System Office: System Human Resource Services