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The legislative history regarding leave for bone marrow/organ transplantation leave makes clear that the intent of legislation was to encourage the registration and donation of bone marrow by individuals who might not otherwise donate. It was hoped that providing such an incentive to Federal workers to be bone marrow donors would increase the size and diversity of the donor registry. It was felt that Federal workers should not be required to use their own leave to save the life of another person. There was no intent that this leave be a benefit to the donor.
An individual having bone marrow removed and stored for future use is not a "donor," and the benefit of 7 days of paid time off was not intended for someone who is undergoing such a procedure for his or her own needs. Sick leave, annual leave, and advanced annual and sick leave are available to an employee facing this type of medical procedure. In addition, leave donated under the Federal leave sharing program and leave without pay under the Family and Medical Leave Act may be used if the condition meets the requirements of these programs.
For information and guidance on sick leave, see the following fact sheets--
No. The Comptroller General has ruled consistently that if restored leave is forfeited again, there is no legal authority for its further restoration. Any restored leave unused at the expiration of the established time limits is again forfeited with no further right to restoration. In addition, administrative error may not serve as the basis to extend the time limit for using restored annual leave. This is so even if the agency fails to establish a separate leave account, fix the date for the expiration of the time limit, or properly advise the employee regarding the rules for using restored annual leave absent agency regulations requiring otherwise. (See Comptroller General opinions B-188993, December 12, 1977; B-213380, August 20, 1984; and B-256975, October 11, 1994.)
See our Definitions Related to Family Member and Immediate Relative
fact sheet at http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/HTML/FamilyDefs.asp.
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