Are there any benefits available to opposite-sex domestic partners as well as to same-sex partners?
Use of sick leave for family care or bereavement purposes and leave transfer, leave bank and emergency leave transfer programs are authorized for domestic partners of either the same sex or opposite sex.

For purposes of these policies, a domestic partner means an adult in a committed relationship with another adult, in which the employee, and the domestic partner of the employee are each other’s sole domestic partner (and are not married to or domestic partners with anyone else), and share responsibility for a significant measure of each other’s common welfare and financial obligations. This includes, but is not limited to, any relationship between two individuals of the same or opposite sex that is granted legal recognition by a state or by the District of Columbia as a marriage or analogous relationship (including, but not limited to, a civil union).

Agencies must follow the same procedures and apply the same standards of verification for requests for leave to care for domestic partners that they apply to requests for leave to care for spouses, including exercising their authority to request more information in cases of suspected leave abuse.

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