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Parental Bereavement Leave

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

Last Modified: Jun 07, 2022
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