More paid leave for feds on the table, as COVID-19 reconciliation talks begin

It’s time for federal employees to start paying attention to the budget reconciliation process again.

House Democrats are still in the beginning stages of drafting and finalizing budget reconciliation provisions to advance the president’s COVID-19 relief package.

But one provision, which Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee unveiled Tuesday night, would allow federal employees to take up to 600 hours, or 15 weeks, of paid leave for pandemic-related reasons.

It appears the leave would apply to most federal employees, including Postal Service workers and health care professionals at the Veterans Health Administration. But employees must first exhaust their own paid sick leave before tapping into this new bank of leave under the COVID-19 relief package.


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