Compassionate care leave refers to Paid or unpaid leave to care or support a gravely ill family member. This is a kind of authorized leave from work which is either paid or unpaid, or paid at a lower amount. A compassionate care leave is provided to an employee to care for a gravely ill or dying family member. In common law, such leave does not exist. It should be found from the employment contract of the individual or a collective bargaining agreement. However, in some jurisdictions, it is set out by law. For an employee to be entitled for a compassionate leave, s/he should define the level of family member for which leave might be taken, and the limit of sickness for which compassionate leave may be sought. In some cases, compassionate leave will be extended for the care of a child, a spouse or a parent's grave or terminal illness.