Category Archives: Leave

HANDLING INTERMITTENT, UNPREDICTABLE LEAVE REQUESTS AFTER FMLA ENDS Our fellow bloggers at FMLA Insights just published some advice for handling those situations where a chronically sick employees runs out of FMLA leave.  It is a good piece for any union … Continue reading

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DO YOUR MEMBERS A “LEAVE” FAVOR Decades ago the federal employee leave rules were simple. If you want a vacation take annual. If you are ill, take sick leave. If you are out of annual or sick, ask for LWOP. … Continue reading

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“VAGUE” REASONS TO DENY LEAVE ILLEGAL Employees are denied leave requests all the time and generally no one on either side of the labor relations arena thinks twice about it because FLRA has held that management has a right to … Continue reading

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HAS OPM CHANGED LEAVE “POLICY” IN OFFICE CLOSURE SITUATIONS? If you missed OPM’s latest effort to interfere with collective bargaining, double back and read it closely.  OPM has announced that it wants “to change an outdated leave practice.”  To be … Continue reading

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FMLA & SICK LEAVE RECORD RULES EEOC has very specific rules about where employee FMLA and sick leave medical documents can be stored. If the agency violates them, they may owe the employee money damages—as a recent Dept. of Justice … Continue reading

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ADMIN LEAVE DURING NON-DUTY TIME Can an employee receive admin leave on a day in which he/she was off on annual leave? Yes, according to the FLRA.

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PAID PERPETUAL JURY DUTY Everyone knows that if a fed is called to jury duty, he/she continues to receive salary for the duration of that duty.  But what if the employee volunteers for jury duty; in fact, what if the … Continue reading

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MEDICAL LEAVE AND ADA/ADAAA There are two very good articles circulating that union leaders should read. The first comes from the law firm of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, and it explains EEOC’s approach to leave requests for medical disabilities. It … Continue reading

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FMLA FOR FAMILY MILITARY SITUATIONS MEMBER ALERT! OPM finally issued regulations spelling out when federal employees are entitled to use FMLA leave to deal with military-related situations in the family. Family includes an employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent. The … Continue reading

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