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Updated Leave Options During COVID-19 Pandemic 25 January 2021_Page_01

Emergency Leave Options

This document has been updated now that the authority to use Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) during the time period of April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 is over. It has also been updated in response to additional situations caused by the worldwide pandemic.

This document provides potential situations that may occur during the COVID-19 Pandemic and leave options supervisors are authorized to approve when employees are in a duty status. This guide does not include all possible scenarios that may require an employee’s need to request leave from duty. The guide does not address all employee or family member illness or emergencies. This guide should also be used as a reference concerning necessary actions in the event of an employee’s potential exposure to or infection with COVID-19.

Generally, school-level employees, assigned to a brick and mortar school, are not eligible to work from home or other Alternate Work Location unless 1) the school is operating in a remote learning environment, 2) the school has been closed because someone in the school tested positive for COVID 19, or 3) through contact tracing, management identifies an employee who has been exposed to COVID-19 at the workplace and sends the employee home to quarantine, as directed by public health.

Nothing in this document changes the requirement that employees must still request leave and follow all leave requesting procedures. The following situations do not alter management’s discretion related to the approval or denial of Annual, Personal, Any Purpose Leave (APL), or Leave Without Pay (LWOP) based on the mission of the Agency. LMER staff are available to address any questions supervisors may have regarding this guidance.

Additionally, this document does not provide guidance on entitlements under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). Federal employees who develop COVID-19 while in the performance of their federal duties may be entitled to workers' compensation coverage pursuant to the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). Managers and employees can learn about filing COVID-19 claims under FECA by visiting this page.