COVID leave for feds to manage kids’ vaccinations

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OPM: If you need to travel for medical care, you can use sick leave

The federal government’s HR agency confirmed that federal employees may use sick leave to travel to obtain reproductive health services. However, the measure falls short of employee groups’ request for paid administrative leave after abortion ruling.

Coming: More regs and bills to modernize the federal workforce

Reforms will ease the process of everything from attracting new talent to processing retirement claims, says OPM Director Kiran Ahuja.

House approves federal firefighter workers comp reform

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Feds are growing less engaged with their jobs

Response rates for the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey also fell 10 points from 2020, amid a fall survey period that was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

'Ban the box’ prohibition at federal agencies soon to expand

OPM has proposed a rule implementing The Fair Chance Act, expanding a preexisting ban on asking federal job applicants about criminal histories prior to the conditional job offer phase of the hiring process. The proposal also sets up a way to report violations of the rule.

OPM: Better data-tracking and benefits education to improve equity

The report by OPM—the federal government HR agency—was one of more than 90 equity action plans released last week by the administration.

What feds should know: New paid parental bereavement leave benefit

Thanks to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, feds can take up to two weeks off after the death of a child.

Biden’s budget focuses on making government a model employer

The WH fiscal 2023 budget proposal envisions reforms to federal hiring and internships—as well as restructuring regional Federal Executive Boards.

OPM launches a toolkit to attract more women to SES

The push to recruit more women into the cadre of career government executives builds on a 2014 program—and comes amid news that, unlike the rest of the federal government, there is no gender pay gap in the Senior Executive Service.

WH & OPM say they will ‘address’ salary history in hiring process

Although the gender pay gap at fed agencies is much smaller than it is in the private sector, officials vowed to push to eliminate it altogether.

OPM Director talks fed recruitment

OPM Director Kiran Ahuja talked about streamlining hiring, implementing President Biden's executive order on diversity and more at a George Mason University event.

CDC has guidance on masks for federal workforce

The White House-led Safer Federal Workforce Task Force is incorporating recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates on COVID protocols into their guidance for agencies looking to accommodate vaccinated workers.

Republican lawmakers want feds back in the office

Rep. Jody Hice, the top Republican on the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, says that recent CDC guidance on masks, vaccination and social distancing means that it's time for the federal government to move away from the emergency pandemic footing.

OPM extends deadline on implementing Trump-era hiring policy

The Biden administration extended the deadline for federal agencies to implement portions of a Trump-era executive order aimed putting less reliance on educational attainment in federal hiring.

OMB releases 2020 job satisfaction scores

Almost 40% of OMB survey participants choose strongly disagree when presented with the statement, "my organization's senior leaders maintain high standards for honesty and integrity."

OPM releases special leave program details

This special leave will be available through the end of the fiscal year or until the $570 million fund is exhausted, OPM documents say.