Obama takes steps toward requiring paid sick leave

January 15, 2015 0 COMMENTS

by Tammy Binford

Is it a sensible plan to boost productivity and give workers the help they deserve, or is it an unaffordable, unfair mandate on already overburdened employers? President Barack Obama’s announcement of a push to pass a paid sick leave law is likely to garner both reactions.

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, launched the effort January 14 with a post on the career-centered social network LinkedIn, a venue chosen because of its high profile with employers.

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OPM Issues Proposed Regs for FMLA, Other Types of Leave

August 27, 2009 0 COMMENTS

The federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued proposed regulations to address various issues regarding how federal employers may comply with the new military caregiver provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

The proposed regulations are similar to the FMLA regulations issued last year by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). They have, however, been tweaked to address the interaction of the military caregiver leave provisions with the various paid leave programs that are available to federal employees. The regulations do not address qualifying exigency leave because that type of leave is not afforded to federal employees.

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Obama Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Partners of Federal Employees

June 18, 2009 0 COMMENTS

President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Federal Benefits and Non-Discrimination June 17 at an Oval Office event. The memorandum addresses the benefits to which same-sex partners of federal employees may be entitled and is a result of internal reviews conducted by the director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the secretary of state over the past several months. The reviews were performed to determine which benefits could be extended to same-sex partners of federal employees in the civil and foreign services under existing federal laws and statutes.

According to a fact sheet on the memorandum released by the White House, the reviews identified several benefits that could be extended to federal employees’ domestic partners. Same-sex partners of civil service employees can be added to the long-term care insurance program. Further, supervisors can be required to allow civil service employees to use their sick leave to take care of their same-sex partners and non-biological, non-adopted children.

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