Benefits

GovExec Daily: Sick Leave For Feds and the Relief Bill

Erich Wagner joined the podcast to talk about the American Rescue Plan and other workforce stories.

At the Women’s Bureau, a Renewed Focus on Passing Paid Leave and LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

Wendy Chun-Hoon, the new director of the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor, speaks with The 19th about what needs to inform policies during a perilous time for women in the workplace.

Senate COVID Relief Bill Retains 15 Weeks of Paid Leave for Feds Despite GOP Opposition

Republican lawmakers have made the provision a target of attacks, claiming it is too generous and lacks oversight.

GovExec Daily: Biden's Workforce Czar, Morale and Feds

Erich Wagner joins the podcast to discuss Pam Coleman's role and other pay and workforce news.

GovExec Daily: What Feds Need to Know About Tax Season

Dallen Haws joins the podcast to discuss public servants' options for the upcoming filing season.

OPM Implements Recent Pay and Benefits Changes

Acting OPM Director Kathleen McGettigan highlighted changes related to paid leave, premium pay, allowances related to military service and more.

House Democrats Push for Expanded Paid Family Leave for Feds

A new bill would provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid leave annually to care for themselves or a loved one, or in connection with a family member entering or returning from active military duty.

Biden COVID-Relief Plan Offers More Leave for Frontline Feds

Although the plan calls for private sector employers to provide hazard pay to essential workers, it is unclear whether the president-elect would call on federal agencies to do the same.

OPM Issues Guidance on Law Allowing Feds to Temporarily Carry Over More Annual Leave

The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act allows all federal employees to carry over an additional 25% of unused leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump Vetoes Defense Policy Bill Over Base Names, Unrelated Internet Law

The House has already scheduled a vote after Christmas to override the president’s long-threatened rejection of the annual Defense authorization act, which also includes an expansion of federal employee leave benefits.

Feds Are Likely to Get a Half-Day Off on Christmas Eve This Year

President Obama gave civil servants an extra half-day off on Dec. 24 the last two times Christmas fell on a Friday. 

House Overwhelmingly Passes Defense Bill With Leave Benefits, Setting Up Confrontation with Trump

Although the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act has bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, the president has threatened to veto the must-pass bill over unrelated matters.

Compromise Defense Policy Bill Includes Paid Parental Leave Fix, Allows Feds to Carry Over More Annual Leave

The latest version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act does not include House-passed measures blocking the Defense secretary from exempting Pentagon employees from collective bargaining.

Why You Should Reconsider Your Current FEHBP Health Plan

Most people just stick with the plan they’ve had for years but that could be a costly mistake, especially during a pandemic.