The federal government offers a generous sick leave program that allows employees to take time off from duty with pay to deal with their personal medical needs and the medical needs of family members.
What may sick leave be used for?
Sick leave may be used for:
- Personal medical needs
- General family care and bereavement purposes
- Care of a family member with a serious health condition
What documentation is required to support use of sick leave?
Normally, an employee’s self certification is acceptable to support use of sick leave. However, for absences of more than 3 days, or for a lesser period if determined by the agency, medical documentation may be required.
May a request for sick leave be denied?
If the sick leave is for a non-emergency reason (such as a routine eye exam) and if the employee’s services are required at work, the sick leave may be disapproved and the employee will have to reschedule the routine medical appointment.
Is there a limit on how much sick leave may be used for general family care and bereavement purposes?
Yes, a maximum of 104 hours (13 days) may be used each leave year.