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OPM Wants Feedback on Federal Regulations That Include Domestic Partners in Definition of Family

I got an email this morning that said the U.S. Office of Personnel Management wants feedback on proposed changes to federal regulations that would include same sex domestic partners in the definition of family member for the purpose of using federal employment benefits.

Specifically, the changes would allow federal employees to use sick leave, funeral leave, voluntary leave transfers, the voluntary leave bank, and emergency leave transfers to care for their same sex partners. The current regulation is 5 C.F.R. § 630.

Read the full text of the proposed regulations [PDF] (which include the OPM's explanation behind them).

Then, you can send the OPM your comments through their special online form.

[Cross-posted at the Gay Couples Law Blog, which discusses same sex family law, estate planning, and taxes.]

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