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Pandemic FAQ

Q:
[hypothetical] I have employees who have been asked by their church to pray for the end of the pandemic on a daily basis during work hours. May I allow them to do this without requiring them to take leave?
A:
An adjustment of work schedules for religious observances may be approved for an employee whose personal religious beliefs require that he or she abstain from work at certain times of the workday or workweek. As long as the adjustment to the work schedule does not interfere with accomplishing the agency’s mission, the employee must be permitted to work alternative work hours so he or she can meet his or her religious obligation while fulfilling his or her basic work requirements. For additional information, see http://www.opm.gov/oca/worksch/html/reli.htm.An employee also may elect to use accrued annual leave or other paid time off, such as earned compensatory time off, earned compensatory time off for travel, or earned credit hours for this purpose.


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