March 31

The Biden OPM (Office of Personnel Management) released new “Guidance Regarding Gender Identity and Inclusion in the Federal Workplace” on March 31. The new rules require federal agencies to detail plans for supporting gender transition of federal employees in the workplace. The document requires that these plans reflect internal policies and procedures detailing how gender transitions will be handled, and include details on how gender transitioning employees will be “supported” consistent with the administration’s goals. The OPM guidance says that federal agency rules must set out a procedure that “would include, with the transitioning employee’s input and consent, when and which colleagues to notify of a transition; the timing for name changes and pronoun changes, where applicable and consistent with this Guidance, in email, IT systems, and employee profiles; and a process for any gender identity inclusion training for supervisors, managers, and coworkers if such training would be beneficial.”