Paid leave may be granted in each case of bereavement due to the death of a member of the immediate family. Unless defined differently in a collective bargaining agreement, immediate family shall be defined as spouse, domestic partner, parents, children, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandchildren, stepchildren, stepparents, father-in-law, and mother-in-law. A request to use bereavement leave for the death of an individual outside the immediate family is subject to approval by the department director. The purpose of such leave shall be to allow time to attend a funeral and make necessary funeral and household adjustments. Bereavement leave shall not exceed the equivalent of three (3) working days, including travel time. This leave will not be counted against accumulated sick or vacation balances.