Administration adds another domestic partner benefit for federal employees

by on September 21, 2010  •  In Employment law, Family law

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has published a memorandum adding another workplace benefit for federal employees with same-sex partners. Employees can receive three days (24 hours) of leave without pay a year to cover categories of leave not authorized under the Family and Medical Leave Act: for school and early childhood educational activities; routine family medical purposes; and care for elderly relatives.

President Clinton authorized the leave program as an administrative measure in 1997 and submitted legislation to amend the FMLA to include the same categories, but Congress never enacted it. The Obama administration has now specified that the Clinton authorization covers same-sex partners in addition to spouses, and the children or elderly relatives of partners, in addition to stepchildren and elderly relatives of spouses.


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