P_HR_40 Death in Service Policy
This policy is to support managers in the sad event of an employee's death. It is essential that these situations are handled in both a sensitive and effective way to prevent any additional distress for relatives and colleagues. To assist managers at a time when employees, including the manager, may be distressed.
This policy is to support managers to make this situation as uncomplicated as possible. As this process will not be the norm a manager's checklist has been included to ensure the process can be followed easily.
By following this policy the next of kin will be prevented additional distress, ensuring that they are treated in a respectful and sympathetic way whilst also ensuring practicalities are dealt with, for example, payment owed to the deceased staff member's estate and reclaiming the organisation's property.