OPM proposes changes to paid leave
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jul 13, 2017
The Office of Personnel is seeking to issue new rules on granting and recording administrative leave.
In a July 13 Federal Register notice, the agency proposes to add three new subparts to the three statutory sections that were recently added as part of the Administrative Leave Act of 2016, which divide administrative leave, investigative and notice leave, and weather and safety leave.
OPM is proposing making changes to how many days an employee can be put on administrative leave for a calendar year and the use of agencies’ discretion in determining which leave to employ on an individual situation.
“Prior to passage of the Act, agencies granted paid excused absences (often called ‘‘administrative leave’’) to employees based on the broad management authority…This authority does not expressly address excused absence and thus does not set parameters on its use,” OPM states in the notice.
OPM is taking specific issue with the use of investigative leave and notice leave.
“These two types of leave may be used only when an authorized agency official determines, through evaluation of baseline factors, that the continued presence of the employee in the workplace may pose a threat to the employee or others, result in the destruction of evidence relevant to an investigation, result in loss of or damage to government property, or otherwise jeopardize legitimate government interests,” OPM states.
OPM suggests that before using these two types of leave, agencies consider other options to avoid or minimize the use of paid leave, such as changing the employee’s duties or work location.
The full details of the proposed regulation changes can be viewed online.
Comments be submitted through Aug. 14, 2017.