A new paid leave entitlement allows eligible Federal employees two weeks of parental bereavement leave following the death of a qualifying child.
Parental bereavement leave is administered independently from any other type of leave, including sick leave, and provides a maximum of two weeks (80 hours) of leave for full-time employees—prorated for part-time employees—within a 12-month period.
All eligible employees must:
- Be currently employed full- or part-time (intermittent employees are not eligible);
- Have served under a permanent or term appointment for at least one year;
- Be covered by Title 5 annual and sick leave authorities;
- Have a qualifying child; and
- Provide a self-certification or other documentation (e.g., death certificate) to verify that the requested leave is being used for bereavement purposes.
A qualifying child means a biological, adopted, or foster child, a stepchild, a legal ward, or a child of a person standing in loco parentis who is under age 18 or, if 18 or older, incapable of self-support because of a disability.
For more information, contact your servicing Labor and Employee Relations Specialist or Payroll point of contact.
A 508-compliant version of the memorandum is posted here.