Labour law

How to apply for a work permit for death

The death of a family member is a bad shot for which no one wants to spend. However, it is important to know what are our labor rights regarding this loss. In this article, we show how to apply for a work permit for death.

work permit for death


  • An employee is entitled to two days off at work by the death of a relative. This right is enshrined in the Statute of Workers, therefore the company can not refuse to acknowledge it.
  • If, in addition, because of this death, the worker must move from their city, the number of days off will increase to four.
  • Although it is a right, the fact is that there are some requirements that we have to consider. For starters, the family member who died must be second degree as a minimum, either by consanguinity or affinity.
  • As well, we would have to first-degree relatives, as may be mother and father, father-in-law and mother-in-law, son or daughter or daughter-in-law and son-in-law – second degree relatives as a grandfather or grandmother and grandson or granddaughter.
  • The most important thing to request a work permit for death is to notify the company of the death of our family member. This is best done by email, fax or letter. There must always be a written record that we have actually applied for this permission. Otherwise, the company could say we have abandoned our job.
  • In this document we must put our names, the name of the company and specify the reason for the letter, i.e., announce to the company that a relative of the first or second grade has died.
  • It is not common, but when we requested a work permit for death, companies are within their rights to demand a proof of death. In this case, we submit a copy of the death certificate.
  • Although it is a right that is contained in the Workers’ Statute, we need to review our collective agreement, as it may be that these days will expand depending on the job to which we dedicate ourselves.