I would like to inquire about the compassionate leave an employee is entitled to get in the event of death of a close relative. I work for a private company and my company refused for any compassionate leaves, instead they deducted the leaves from annual leave when I took leave to mourn for my maternal grandmother’s death. Please let me know as per Kuwait’s labour law, how many days of paid compassionate leave can be taken.
Answer: Article 77 of the Kuwait Labour Law deals with compassionate leave and it states as follows: ‘In the event of a first and second degree relative’s death, the worker shall be entitled to a three-day fully paid leave.
The Muslim working woman whose husband has died shall be entitled to a fully paid iddat leave for four months and ten days from the date of death.
During this leave the working woman shall not be entitled to work for another employer.
The non-Muslim working woman whose husband has died shall be entitled to a paid leave of 21 days.
It is clear from the above quoted article that you were entitled for a three-day paid leave to mourn your grandmother.
The company would have broken the law if you took the permitted number of days and the company still went ahead to deduct those number of days from your annual leave.
If on the other hand you spent more than three days, then the company acted within the law if they deducted the extra days spent from your annual leave.
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