A. Covered employees shall be eligible for a temporary leave of absence without loss of compensation, upon the death of any member of the immediate family. Such leave shall not exceed five calendar days per year (40 hours total for a 40 hr/wk employee or 56 hours for a 56 hr/wk employee). After use of bereavement leave has been exhausted in any calendar year, a covered employee may use other paid leave including sick leave, if necessary, for this purpose.
B. For purposes of this section, members of the immediate family shall be defined as mother, father, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, guardian with whom the employee has lived, and as provided by law. These definitions shall include "in-law" relationships in each case and "step" relationships in the case of parents and children.