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Thursday, September 5, 2019
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NEWS: OPM Issues Reminder on Options Available to Keep Federal Employees Safe

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies concerning Hurricane Dorian and options available to them with regards to employee safety.

OPM would like to remind agencies of the wide range of human resources (HR) flexibilities and procedures currently available to assist Federal employees affected by emergency situations.  These flexibilities include, but are not limited to Weather and Safety Leave, Telework, and Evacuation Payments. 

Weather and Safety leave is a relatively new option.  It is a form of paid time off authorized under section 6329c of title 5, United States Code, and is typically authorized when OPM or an agency issues an operating status announcement.

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