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Unfortunately I will need to attend the funeral of an Uncle. I am in dispute with my Swiss International School employers regarding the definition of "Immediate relative"

Can anyone advise what the official definition is in Canton of Vaud
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Unfortunately I will need to attend the funeral of an Uncle. I am in dispute with my Swiss International School employers regarding the definition of "Immediate relative"

Can anyone advise what the official definition is in Canton of Vaud
Sorry to have to say that "Uncle" is not an immediate relative in most definitions.
Immediate would be children, parents or siblings.
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Sorry to have to say that "Uncle" is not an immediate relative in most definitions.
Immediate would be children, parents or siblings.
I would agree.
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I can confirm that Uncle is not an immediate relative even in the fluffeh world of the NHS in the UK(I have been in this position).
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Unfortunately the others are right, immediate relatives are father, mother and children and siblings I am not sure if grandparents are included

EDIT: Yes St2lemans I forgot spouses

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Unfortunately the others are right, immediate relatives are father, mother and children and siblings I am not sure if grandparents are included
I think grandparents (and grandchildren) are, as is SPOUSE (which you forgot to mention), and probably spouses of parents and of your children.

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I agree that an Uncle is not likely to be counted as an immediate relative.

If you do not have any leave entitlement, will they allow you 'special leave' without pay?
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Is there an allowance for "affinity" of relative? e.g. if Uncle was parternal figure and more of a father than an uncle?
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Looks like you're developing a nasty bit of a cold there. Probably best to take a couple of days off to recover. Condolences.
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Re: Compassionate Leave

I got 0.5 days of compassionate leave when my Uncle passed away. Not classed as an "close relative" at my workplace.
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Looks like you're developing a nasty bit of a cold there. Probably best to take a couple of days off to recover. Condolences.
When I was in a similar position, it was my manager who suggested me to call in sick. This would enable me to stay away from work for 4 days and travel home for the funeral.

I was a little shocked and asked what the consequences would be if something would happen to me abroad, although I was registered as ill. His response was that it is not forbidden to travel if you are ill...

It was a very international company and I guess it happened all the time. If you're living abroad, the official 0,5 or 1 day off is not really helping much.
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When I was in a similar position, it was my manager who suggested me to call in sick. This would enable me to stay away from work for 4 days and travel home for the funeral.

I was a little shocked and asked what the consequences would be if something would happen to me abroad, although I was registered as ill. His response was that it is not forbidden to travel if you are ill...

It was a very international company and I guess it happened all the time. If you're living abroad, the official 0,5 or 1 day off is not really helping much.
It is good that your employer had some common sense and flexibility with the policy. Good employers will make exceptions for special circumstances.

A few years ago I had to use up some annual leave as I had two period of compassionate leave within a couple of months. As a result, I exceeded the allotted number of days.
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Re: Compassionate Leave

here in haiti you can take a day off or half-day, even when it's the cousin of your cousin's funeral. haha! ;-)
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