USPS Takes Lead on New Leave Fund; Still No Word from OPM

The USPS has put in place what it is calling “interim” procedures for providing additional paid leave to its employees under a recently approved government-wide fund—“interim” because OPM still has not issued implementing guidance.

A Postal Service memo to managers addresses procedures for the “emergency federal employee leave fund” under the pandemic relief and economic stimulus law. That is a $570 million fund from which agencies can draw to provide paid leave for employees who are unable to work because they are: in quarantine or are ill with COVID; caring for a child whose school or place of care has been closed or is conducting virtual learning; or caring for a family member incapable of self-care whose care provider is unavailable due to COVID.


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