APWU – American Rescue Plan Act: Update on Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL)

Multiple questions have been submitted regarding the recently passed stimulus bill known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). Under section Title IV Section 4001 of the bill, funding for Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL) was appropriated. The APWU is monitoring all developments regarding EFEL and will continue to share information as it is received.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is responsible for administering the fund and issuing the guidelines on this new leave. How this leave will be implemented government-wide will not be known until OPM issues the regulations and guidelines.


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The EFEL should be retroactive for those obtaining immunization (vaccination) related to COVID-19 or is recovering from any injury, disability, illness, or condition related to such immunization that has occured when we had no coverage in January through March 12 when this was enacted.

What to do if the management don’t want to pay?