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New COVID-19 Leave

Emergency paid leave a mixed blessing for federal employees


The American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that President Biden signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides a new category of paid leave for federal employees. As Federal News Network explained, full-time employees can use up to 600 hours of paid leave to recover from COVID-19, quarantine or care for a sick family member, care for a child attending virtual school due to the pandemic, receive a COVID-19 vaccine, or recover from conditions related to immunization.

Employees should exhaust their annual and sick leave before resorting to the new emergency pandemic leave. This is because:

The emergency leave is available through September 2021. See our COVID-19 page for more information on working during the pandemic.

HUD Finally Mandates Telework in Delayed Response to COVID-19

Late at night on March 18, a full week after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and days after President Trump declared a national emergency, HUD emailed employees to announce mandatory telework for almost all employees.

Here's what you need to know:

For more information, see the email sent by the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, Chad Cowen, and the information on Telework Guidance for COVID-19, Telework Readiness, and Helpful HUD Phone Numbers.