Employees may be granted up to three (3) consecutive days of leave without loss of pay for the death of a member of the immediate family or household. The immediate family includes: spouse, child, mother, father, sister, brother, mother and father-in-law, brother and sister-in-law, stepmother, stepfather, stepson, stepdaughter, stepsister, stepbrother, grandparent, and grandparent-in-law. The use of Bereavement Leave must be authorized by the employee’s department head. If additional time is needed, vacation or unpaid personal leave may be taken with the department head’s approval. NEC reserves the right to verify the death and relationship to the employee.