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itsmetimi  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, September 20, 2006 11:56:26 AM(UTC)

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My husband's grandmother just passed away. Am I entitled to take bereavement time to accompany him to her funeral? What is the policy on bereavement?
Chatta902  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, September 20, 2006 7:55:38 PM(UTC)

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Hello,

Unfortunately, the Federal Government does not have a bereavement policy. However, you do have the option to use either your sick or annual leave to attend the funeral. If you do not have enough sick or annual you may be granted leave without pay.
superdave  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, September 20, 2006 10:59:08 PM(UTC)

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since you posted under that topic heading, here's a link to the leave policy guidelines for USPS employees. As stated by a previous poster, there is no such thing as "bereavement leave" per se, but there are other options and how PO management is to handle matters such as this.

http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/manuals/elm/elmc5/elm510.pdf
mander57  
#4 Posted : Thursday, September 21, 2006 12:30:05 AM(UTC)

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Seems there is a "bereavement policy" in the form of the Family and Medical Leave Act which allows federal employees to use sick leave "to make arrangements necessitated by the death of a family member or attend the funeral of a family member." Question is, does the definition of "family member" extend to a grandmother or grandmother in-law? And can't such leave be advanced so a person would not have to use LWOP?
superdave  
#5 Posted : Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:47:42 PM(UTC)

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Could you please post a link to the information you posted, as I cannot find that wording anywhere regarding FMLA. This is from the DOL website:

Synopsis of Law
Covered employers must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons:

for the birth and care of the newborn child of the employee;
for placement with the employee of a son or daughter for adoption or foster care;
to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or
to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition.


http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/fmla/index.htm
mander57  
#6 Posted : Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:55:01 PM(UTC)

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Found it on OPM's FMLA website

http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/HTML/sickfam.asp
superdave  
#7 Posted : Friday, September 22, 2006 12:33:28 AM(UTC)

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That is not the FMLA but rather use of sick leave for dependent care, which is not the same as FMLA, but similar. Here's the same info from the OPM website for the FMLA and does not allow leave for bereavement purposes.

http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/HTML/fmlafac2.asp
mander57  
#8 Posted : Monday, September 25, 2006 2:32:24 AM(UTC)

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You're absolutely right, Superdave. I thought I was still on the FMLA site and was really on the main OPM leave admin website. My mistake.

While it is not FMLA, it does still appear to me there is a "bereavement policy." The regulations posted here:

http://www.opm.gov/fedregis/2000/65-6339-a.txt

include examples that talk about using leave to care for and attend funerals of grandparents and seems to get at the original question here.
CPThompson  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, September 26, 2006 1:24:39 AM(UTC)

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Regular sick leave may be used for bereavement purposes - this leave does not fall under FMLA (which is generally unpaid leave.) It is up to the agency head to determine what family members outside of the immediate family, if any, are covered in your agency.
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