Reference Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Register Rules and Regulations, Sick Leave for Family Care Purposes; Final Rule, June 13, 2000, at http://www.opm.gov/fedregis/index.asp. These regulations, which has broadened the options available on sick leave for appropriated fund employees to meet their family responsibilities, has been administratively adopted for nonappropriated fund employees, effective August 2, 2000.
An employee may use a total of up to 12 weeks of sick leave each year to care for a family member with a serious health condition. The definition of "family member" includes: (a) spouse and parents thereof; (b) children, including adopted children, and spouses thereof; (c) parents; (d) brothers and sisters, and spouses thereof; and (e) any individual related by blood or affinity whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship. "Serious health condition" has the same meaning as found in OPM's regulations at 5 CFR 630.1202 for administering the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.
Under these expanded rules, a full-time regular employee who maintains a sick leave balance of 80 hours may use no more than 480 hours of sick leave each year to care for a family member with a serious health condition. A part-time employee may use no more than an amount equal to 12 times the number of hours in his or her weekly scheduled tour of duty provided a minimum balance of two weeks leave is maintained in his or her account. A medical certificate will be required to support leave taken under these expanded rules. The limitations defined in 5 CFR 630.401 for the grant of this sick leave apply.