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The Last Business Trip You’ll Ever Take

March 21, 2012

While digging around on the interwebz in search of various and assorted nuggets of wisdom, I ran across a company’s HR Policy Manual which contained this little gem:

“If the death of an employee occurs while on business travel, [company] may pay the cost for

transporting an employee’s body to the employee’s headquarters.”


May pay the cost?

Now granted, as everyone who has ever written a company policy knows, it’s safer considered a best practice to use the word may as opposed to the term will.  “You may be subject to termination” vs. “You will be terminated.”   Gives the company/manager/HR Department flexibility and sense that they haven’t bound-themselves to one particular next-step.

But seriously – “… may pay the cost”  to transport the body of a deceased employee?

Why do we allow such inhumane foolishness?


7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2012 6:53 am

    Good Lord, seriously? I bet a lawyer had a hand in this.

  2. March 21, 2012 6:59 am

    Well duh, they might not too… depending upon how much it costs!

  3. March 21, 2012 8:15 am

    Was this by any chance the same company that had the coffee and break room policy??

  4. March 21, 2012 9:00 am

    I’m surprised there isn’t more stipulations on “how” the body is to be transported and what accommodations are allowed. (i.e. travel costs policies)

    • March 24, 2012 8:07 am

      “You may be allowed to purchase something from the Container Store for shipment as long as it does not exceed $49.99. Maybe.”

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