OPM Releases Guidance on President’s New Paid Parental Leave Policy

The Office of Personnel Management has released a new handbook for federal employees that provides details on the president’s new paid parental leave policy that was announced in January as well as details about many other benefits available to the federal workforce.

We have received numerous emails from our users wanting to know when more information would be available on the president’s announcement from this past January directing federal agencies to offer federal employees up to 240 hours of advanced sick leave for the birth or adoption of a child or for other eligible uses of sick leave. The wait is over as new information has arrived this week.

For a refresher on the details of the president’s memorandum, see Details of Obama’s New Parental Leave Policy Announced.

The Office of Personnel Management released a guide for federal employees this week called Handbook on Leave and Workplace Flexibilities for Childbirth, Adoption, and Foster Care. The primary stated purpose of the document is to give federal workers more information about the wide array of leave and workplace flexibilities available for childbirth, adoption, and foster care purposes available to them through their agencies. It also contains the new guidance for agencies that OPM was required to issue as a part of the president’s memo on the new leave policy.

The Handbook is divided into three sections to fully assist agencies depending on the specific circumstance of the employee. The sections are: (1) Pregnancy and Childbirth, (2) Adoption and Foster Care, and (3) Interaction of the Various Leave Programs and Workplace Flexibilities.

The guide digs into details on a myriad of benefits topics such as sick leave, leave without pay, compensatory time off and alternative work schedules.

For complete details, see the new OPM handbook: Handbook on Leave and Workplace Flexibilities for Childbirth, Adoption, and Foster Care.

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