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Sick Leave for Family Care or Bereavement

U.S. Office of Personnel Management


Most Federal employees may use a total of up to 104 hours (13 workdays) of sick leave each leave year to-

  1. provide care for a family member who is incapacitated as a result of physical or mental illness, injury, pregnancy, or childbirth;
  2. provide care for a family member as a result of medical, dental, or optical examination or treatment; or
  3. make arrangements necessitated by the death of a family member or attend the funeral of a family member.

A covered full-time employee may use up to 104 hours (13 workdays) of sick leave each leave year for these purposes. Part-time employees and employees with uncommon tours of duty are also covered, and the amount of sick leave permitted for family care and bereavement purposes is pro-rated in proportion to the average number of hours of work in the employee’s scheduled tour of duty each week.

Definition of Family Member

“Family member” is defined as: spouse, and parents thereof; children, including adopted children, and spouses thereof; parents; brothers and sisters, and spouses thereof; and any individual related by blood or affinity whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship.


At the discretion of the agency, an employee may be advanced up to 104 hours of sick leave each leave year (or a proportional amount for an employee on a part-time schedule or uncommon tour of duty) for family care or bereavement purposes.

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