My company is headquartered in Kansas, however I work for a client of theirs in Houston. I recently had a death in the family. The family member was an uncle who I considered a father. I read the policy regarding bereavement time off and it states the following, "Upon date of hire, full-time employees are eligible for Bereavement Leave with pay to arrange for or attend the funeral of an immediate family member or other family members. Bereavement pay will be paid only for the time during with the employee is actually scheduled to work." Now the immediate family is the standard persons; spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, in-laws. That is not the issue.
The question is, who does "other family members" apply to. I have posed that question to HR and they only come back and say we only pay for immediate family members. No one will give me an answer to my question regarding "other family members". No one will even respond to my emails. I took the time off without pay (3 days) and because of it I may now not be eligible for incentive/bonus pay that we receive each month because of the amount of unpaid time of that the company told me I could take. Also, now they are telling my supervisor they are revising the bereavement policy because I questioned it.
What can I do to make them give me a clear answer on the "other family members" statement in the bereavement policy? And what can I do to make them pay me my monthly incentive and not be penalized for time off they told me I could take without pay?
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