The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has just issued “guidance” about federal employees who are transgender that could and should serve as model policies and procedures for private employers. This guidance is a major step forward for transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies).
Four documents were issued in late May, 2011.
- A short “cover memo” is available at www.opm.gov/diversity/transgender.
- “Guidance Regarding the Employment of Transgender Individuals in the Federal Workplace” is at www.opm.gov/diversity/Transgender/Guidance.asp
- Instructions to insurance companies that cover health care for federal employees is at www.opm.gov/carrier/carrier_letters/2011/2011-12.pdf
- Instructions on how to “reconstruct” a personnel file for a transitioning federal employee are at www.opm.gov/feddata/Ch4_ReconstructPersonnelFolder.pdf Continue reading