section, may begin prior to or on the actual date of birth or placement for adoption or foster care, and the 12-month period, referred to in paragraph (a) of this section begins on that date.
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(g) Each agency shall inform its employees of their entitlements and responsibilities under this subpart, including the requirements and obligations of employees.
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(h) An agency may not subtract leave from an employee's entitlement to leave under paragraph (a) of this section unless the agency has obtained confirmation from the employee of his or her intent to invoke entitlement to leave under paragraph (b) of this section.  An employee's notice of his or her intent to take leave under § 630.1206 may suffice as the employee's confirmation. 
11. In § 630.1204, paragraphs (d)and (f) are revised to read as follows:

§ 630.1204  Intermittent leave or reduced leave schedule.


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(d)  For the purpose of applying paragraph (c) of this section, an alternative position need not consist of equivalent duties, but must be in the same commuting area and must provide--
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(f)  Only the amount of leave taken intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule, as these terms are defined in § 630.1202, shall be subtracted from the total amount of leave available to the employee under § 630.1203(e) and (f).
12.  In § 630.1205, paragraph (b) is amended by revising the introductory text, removing paragraphs (b)(4) and (b)(5), adding the word "and" to paragraph (b)(2) after the semicolon and removing the semicolon after the word "chapter" in paragraph (b)(3) and adding a period in its place; and paragraphs (c), (d), (e) are revised to read as follows:

§ 630.1205  Substitution of paid leave.


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(b)  An employee may elect to substitute the following paid leave for any or all of the period of leave without pay to be taken under § 630.1203(a)--
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(c)  An agency may not deny an employee's right to substitute paid leave under paragraph (b) of this section for any or all of the period of leave without pay to be taken under
§ 630.1203(a), consistent with current law and regulations.
(d)  An agency may not require an employee to substitute paid leave under paragraph (b) of this section for any or all of the period of leave without pay to be taken under § 630.1203(a).
  (e)  An employee shall notify the agency of his or her intent to substitute paid