Guide

When an employee dies

Introduction

The death of an employee must be handled with great care.

Bereavement naturally causes high levels of stress among other staff, and obvious disruption in the workplace, so it's essential to put a plan in place to handle it sensitively.

There are many practical issues to tackle, such as informing staff and possibly next of kin, and covering the employee's work. You will also have to ensure that any tax and National Insurance issues are resolved and that the employee's dependants receive any final payments.

If the death is work related, you will also have certain health and safety obligations to fulfil.

This guide explains how to deal with the death of an employee, both emotionally and practically. It outlines the legal implications of a death at work, sets out the main steps you will need to take, and provides advice on dealing with other staff and the employee's family.

We also have guidance for employers on managing employee bereavement.