OPM updates sick leave policies

Federal employees now will have expanded access to sick leave to care for injured service members or family members exposed to communicable diseases.

According to a final rule in Friday's Federal Register, government employees beginning Jan. 3, 2011, will be allowed to substitute up to 26 weeks of sick leave for unpaid leave accumulated under the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act to care for injured or ill service members. Agencies also can permit up to 30 days of advanced sick leave to be used for this purpose.

In addition, the rule defines when sick leave can be used in cases for communicable diseases, including the flu. Sick leave will be authorized only in situations the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes will threaten public health. Agencies must wait for guidance from CDC or the Office of Personnel Management to administer sick leave for these purposes, the rule says.

"The use of sick leave due to exposure to a communicable disease would be limited to circumstances where exposure alone would jeopardize the health of others and would only arise in cases of serious communicable diseases, such as communicable diseases where federal isolation and quarantine are authorized," the regulation stated.

Current sick leave policies allow an employee to take leave if his or her presence at work would jeopardize co-workers' health. The final rule grants leave to care for a family member who has been similarly exposed.

According to a final rule issued in June, current leave policies cover family members such as grandparents and grandchildren; same-sex domestic partners; stepparents and stepchildren; and foster children and other guardian relationships.

OPM issued a proposed rule in August 2009 and received 12 comments from agencies, labor and professional organizations, and individuals.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.