Definition of compassionate leave in English:

compassionate leave


  • [mass noun] A period of absence from work granted to someone as the result of particular personal circumstances, especially the death of a close relative.

    • ‘A York councillor who has been caring for her son as he battles with bone cancer is set to be given compassionate leave from her official duties.’
    • ‘He was given compassionate leave halfway through the pool stages of the competition to visit his wife Caroline, who had suffered complications with her pregnancy.’
    • ‘Staff members on the shift last night are at home on compassionate leave and we have launched our own internal investigation into the incident to see if any lessons can be learned.’
    • ‘But after eight months he is still at the vicarage, takes no services at St James's and remains on compassionate leave.’
    • ‘Suppose you had a provision in an award that said a worker is entitled to compassionate leave in circumstances of family necessity.’
    • ‘Part of the last package they offered gave us two days compassionate leave.’
    • ‘It was so serious that his father was allowed to come home on compassionate leave.’
    • ‘They also received minimal holidays and no sick pay, pension or compassionate leave.’
    • ‘‘I applied for compassionate leave from the company,’ she said.’
    • ‘The other thing during the whole time that broke my heart was that he was denied compassionate leave to be at his brother's wedding.’
    • ‘When his only child Ellis was born, Tom got compassionate leave.’
    • ‘He has been given compassionate leave after a family bereavement.’
    • ‘Other issues, including compassionate leave and travel, may be complicated by the isolation of the deployment and the added stress of dealing with these issues away from the support of family and friends.’
    • ‘Similarly, a member who takes carers' leave will still have compassionate leave available if a close relative becomes seriously ill or dies.’
    • ‘The Prison Service informs me that while these matters are subject to the discretion of the prison governor, it is typical for compassionate leave on licence to be granted for category D prisoners.’
    • ‘Although it appears taking compassionate leave may have crossed his mind, the Celtic manager has pledged he will be in charge for the start of the season.’
    • ‘The club had given him a fortnight's compassionate leave after the January 30 tragedy.’
    • ‘The compassionate leave entitlement is set at five working days per year, with a higher delegate able to approve more than five working days per annum.’
    • ‘He's been offered honourable compassionate leave, but he's here; he'll swallow the personal anguish and finish the course.’
    • ‘Surprisingly for him, he was granted a few days of compassionate leave.’


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