How to ask a superior to keep something discreet / confidential

How to ask a superior to keep something discreet / confidential

I am about to send an email to my boss (cc’ing the chief accountant & HR) so that the email has only 3 recipients. How would I say to my boss formally to keep this topic between the three of us, and that I would prefer if it wasn’t disclosed to others?

The topic is that I’ll have to take leave due sudden illness of a close family member as my last duty. I don’t see that anyone else other than the individuals in the email need to know.

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three can keep Counsel if two be away ; and, if I knew my Cap was privy to my Counsel, I would cast it into the Fire, and burn it

How to ask a superior to keep something discreet / confidential

You shouldn’t need to disclose the exact circumstances around your leave to anyone (with one exception, see below). Simply say „due to an unforeseen family event, I need to take leave for SOME_PERIOD.“ Your employer does not need to know the full details of this, and you should not disclose anything you aren’t comfortable disclosing.

The exception: If you’re in the US and taking leave under the provisions of FMLA (or a similar law elsewhere), you may need to disclose the relationship between you and the person who has fallen ill (to verify that it’s valid use of FMLA). (mehr …)

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