Should the death of a pet give an employee bereavement leave? 

April 12 – What do you think about the headline? Should an employee be given leave for the death of a pet? 

In America, 62% of the population owns pets and 97% of that group considers their animals as family members. 

Some companies in the private sector are offering bereavement leave for pets, no different than a human family member, according to Axios. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “This seems to be catching on. Employees of course like it, but employers are also recognizing the benefits of it.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM insisted, “This is not a good idea. What are we doing to this country? We are making ourselves into mental morons. We are emotional idiots who can’t deal with the slightest of pain. I know losing an animal is tough. I’ve lost my pets. I get it. But I’m sorry. No, we can’t go catering. There’s a great book called The Coddling of the American Mind that I highly suggest anybody read if they understand what we are doing to people. You have to learn how to endure, guess what? Life. Life is not hard. Life hands you lots of disappointments and if we’re going to go rushing in with you need to have time away from the world every time something bad happens to you. I mean, it’s one thing when it is your family member who passes. Everybody can understand how important it is. We have got to stop pressing this idea that you cannot handle anything in life. So what’s it going to be next? You know, my favorite outfit got stained yesterday, I need a bereavement day to go get it cleaned. Again, I know it’s not exactly the same thing. But this tendency to keep going down this road. We’re not mature adults anymore. We’re not capable of handling anything.”

Barkdoll said, “When I saw this yesterday, the other part I wondered is, I don’t think it’s far-fetched to start seeing this in contract negotiations. I mean, might you start seeing this as part of a benefit package that it’s bereavement leave for XYZ, including the death of a pet. It just seems to be where we are right now.”