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Frequently Asked Questions Pandemic

Will agencies release employees from work to lessen the probability of significant numbers of employees catching the flu?

During a pandemic health crisis, heads of agencies will strive to protect the health of employees while ensuring the Federal Government’s work is accomplished. Agencies may use a number of alternative work arrangements to promote the “social distancing” of employees. An agency may authorize evacuation payments and require employees to work from home during a pandemic health crisis. In addition, an agency may require employees with approved telework agreements to telework from home.

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