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Legal rights regarding time off for visiting dying family

Hello all, long time lurker, rarely post.

I find myself in a tricky situation. My grandmother in Ireland has been ill for a while and last week I got the "48 hours notice" call, that she'd likely be dead before the end of the week.

Work has been understanding in that they let me leave at short notice, however it turned out to be an overreaction from family members, and granny is hanging on, with indeterminate end in sight.

My problem is that it's a pain to get to/from Ireland (rare, expensive direct flights), and travelling back to CH I'd undoubtedly get the call saying come back for the funeral as soon as I got in the door.

My question is what are my rights regarding compassionate leave in CH?

I normally work in an office, but the role is sales so can be done remotely. I'm going to discuss with my supervisor if I can temporarily 'home office' from my relatives place, so I can be able to work, but still nearby to respond quickly. Does this seem reasonable?

I could take all this time from my annual leave, but with no end in sight, I'm wary of having all my holiday sucked up by this.

Any thoughts or experiences are welcome.

Cheers,

Dan
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Old 11.03.2019, 21:13
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My question is what are my rights regarding compassionate leave in CH?
You don't have any. Your employment contract may include such provisions, but there no legal framework to give you general "rights" like this.
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Old 11.03.2019, 21:28
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Re: Legal rights regarding time off for visiting dying family

Do 'client data' rules apply outside of banking?

I can work from home in CH, if i travel outside I cannot connect to any system that might reveal client data, so remote working would be very limited.

But anyways as ACE1 said, it's down to your contract.. My employer is generally very good for all that stuff but even there, only 2 days for the death of a near relative is written in, anything else is discretionary, including holidays.
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Old 11.03.2019, 21:40
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My question is what are my rights regarding compassionate leave in CH?
It's called compassionate leave because there is not a legal right to it, it is at the discretion of your employer. If your employer does not agree to it, then it is holidays or as you say perhaps a change of remote office.
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Old 11.03.2019, 21:58
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Re: Legal rights regarding time off for visiting dying family

I had 48hrs and worked it off to compensate for the hours. It depends on your boss. Sorry about your granny and having to go through this while living abroad.
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Old 11.03.2019, 22:00
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It's up to the employer.

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Old 11.03.2019, 22:07
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Re: Legal rights regarding time off for visiting dying family

Sorry to hear about your granny. I know this is a hard situation, so I hope my suggestion doesn't offend you or anyone else.

If you can't sort out remote working, is there a possibility of you taking say, a week or two now to go and spend some quality time with her? It sucks if you can't be there the whole time but I'm sure she understands if you were to come and say your goodbyes now. Ugh, breaks my heart to write this but I have been there.
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