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Human Resources Flexibilities and Authorities for Federal Employees Affected by the Zika Virus Memo

As the Zika virus spreads into certain parts of the United States, we must remember that our Federal workforce is our most valuable resource and take steps to minimize the impact of the Zika virus on our employees while continuing to ensure continuity of operations.  Agencies are strongly encouraged to utilize all available human resources flexibilities, along with providing workplace accommodations, if appropriate, to support employees who have a significant risk of a severe outcome due to contracting the Zika virus—for example, female employees who are pregnant.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has convened a working group of agency representatives that will meet regularly to discuss the developing situation and support OPM efforts to provide agencies and employees with current information and guidance related to the Zika virus.  As a first step, this interagency working group was involved in the drafting of the Human Resources Flexibilities and Authorities for Federal Employees Affected by the Zika Virus memorandum.

This memorandum has three attachments providing information and/or guidance from OPM, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  They present current guidance on protecting workers from occupational exposure to the Zika virus and remind the Federal community of the various human resources flexibilities and authorities that may be available to help affected Federal employees.

The interagency working group will continue to monitor developments related to the Zika virus and support OPM in issuing additional guidance as necessary.  OPM will also communicate with the Chief Human Capital Officers and national labor unions concerning the impact of the Zika virus on the Federal workforce.

Read the Human Resources Flexibilities and Authorities for Federal Employees Affected by the Zika Virus Memo to learn more.

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