Category: Leave Issues

Articles cover wide range of leave issues affecting federal employees as well as state and local public employees. Issues include, but are not limited to, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), AWOL (Absence without Leave), Voluntary Leave Transfer Programs (VLTP), advanced leave, tardiness, sick leave, leave restoration and forfeiture, Leave Without Pay (LWOP), Military Leave Without Pay (Mil-LWOP), and OWCP (worker’s comp) leave related issues.

When to Contact a Consultant

“When should I contact a consultant? Should I wait until the Agency proposes an action or makes a decision?”  Also, “Will my union pay associated fees or help me in any other way?”

Excused Absences for Inclement Weather

With the recent outbreak of severe weather, we received many inquiries from federal employees concerning Excused Absence (also called “Authorized Absence” and even “Administrative Leave” by some agencies). 

What Are Crime Provisions?

Office of Personnel Management regulations permit agencies to place employees on indefinite suspension pending completion of criminal proceedings.

Administrative Leave & Authorized Absence

The terms Administrative Leave and Authorized Absence are essentially synonymous (we will use the term Administrative Leave for the purposes of this post).  Further, we distinguish that for the purpose of this article, we are not addressing such leave used by union representatives for official time related to union activities.

Are You Required to Invoke FMLA?

If a federal employee has sufficient leave balances there is no requirement the affected employee first be approved under the FMLA prior to a supervisor approving the use of accrued sick leave (SL) or accrued annual leave (AL) in lieu of sick leave