In the past few months, I’ve spent every week, if not every day, updating or creating employee handbooks for businesses of all sizes. During that time, I’ve often found myself answering questions about bereavement leave. Most often, employers ask whether Arizona law requires them to offer paid bereavement leave. It doesn’t, but when I answer their questions, I find myself articulating the benefits of offering bereavement leave. Those benefits become apparent when you’re dealing with a grieving employee and able to handle the situation with empathy and compassion. On the other hand, not responding properly to an employee’s grief can be detrimental to your business.