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    Sick Leave

    An employee may use sick leave for: personal medical needs; care of a family member; care of a family member with a serious health condition; adoption related purposes. Sick Leave Accrual Full-time Employees: 1/2 day (4 hours) for each biweekly pay period. Part-time Employees: 1 hour for each 20 hours in a pay status. There are no limits on the amount ...
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    Group Retention Incentives

    An agency may pay a retention incentive to a group or category of current employees if the agency determines that the unusually high or unique qualifications of the employees or a special need of the agency for the employees' services makes it essential to retain the employees in the group and that there is a high risk that a significant number ...
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    Youth Education and Training Activities

    *Program Description* The Youth Activities Program provides grants to State and local communities to operate a comprehensive array of youth services that help low-income youth (ages 14-21) seeking assistance in achieving academic and employment success. Program participants receive services such as occupational skills training, counseling, internships, job placements, mentoring, tutoring, leadership development, and support services. To participate in this program, a ...
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    Volunteer Activities

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has prepared the following guidance to support the efforts of departments and agencies to encourage employee participation in volunteer activities. Departments and agencies should also review any applicable regulations or policies and collective bargaining agreements before making determinations on these matters. For information on scheduling time off for volunteer activities, see the Work and Time ...
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    Adoption-Related Health Benefits

    Federal employees may cover a legally adopted child or a foster child under their Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) family enroll-ment upon showing proof of the child's eligibility as a family member. The child must be single, under the age of 22, and financially dependent on the employee. Proof of adoption or foster child status must be provided by the employee. ...
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    Part-Time Employment and Job Sharing

    The key to achieving family-friendly workplaces in the Federal Government is to make full utilization of all the personnel flexibilities and resources available. As an employer, the Federal Government has long recognized the value of part-time employment. Legislation encouraging part-time employment for Federal employees has been in place since 1978. Part-time employees are represented across occupational fields, pay plans, grade levels, ...
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    Adoption Incentives

    The Federal government offers its employees leave and health benefits relating to adopting a child. The main adoption-specific incentives are Sick Leave for Adoption and Health Insurance Benefits. Below is information specific to sick leave. This law became effective on September 30, 1994, and allows Federal employees to use sick leave for absences relatied to adoption. What Adoption-Related Activities Are Covered ...
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    Leave Bank Program

    An employee who is a member of his or her agency's voluntary leave bank, may receive annual leave from the leave bank if the employee experiences a personal or family medical emergency and has exhausted his or her available paid leave. The agency's leave bank board operates the leave bank and determines how much donated annual leave an employee may receive ...
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    Work and Time Off for Volunteer Activities

    The Federal personnel system provides departments and agencies with considerable flexibility in scheduling hours of work and time off. Departments and agencies are encouraged to make appropriate use of this flexibility in responding to requests for changes in work schedules or time off to allow employees to engage in volunteer activities, while giving due consideration to the effect of the employee=s ...
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    Leave Year Beginning and Ending Dates

    A leave year begins on the first day of the first full biweekly pay period in a calendar year. A leave year ends on the day immediately before the first day of the first full biweekly pay period in the following calendar year. Employees may carry over to the next leave year a maximum amount of accrued annual leave (240 hours ...
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    Health Care FSA

    A Health Care FSA (HCFSA) helps you pay for eligible health care expenses that are not paid by FEHB or any other insurance. A HCFSA is not insurance, but it can help you get more for your money by using pre-tax dollars to stretch the money you would normally spend out-of-pocket on health care services. You make an annual election to ...
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    Recruitment and Relocation Incentive Payment and Termination Calculations

    An agency may pay a recruitment incentive under 5 U.S.C. 5753 and 5 CFR part 575, subpart A, to an employee newly appointed to a position that is likely to be difficult to fill in the absence of an incentive. An agency may pay a relocation incentive under 5 U.S.C. 5753 and 5 CFR part 575, subpart B, to a current ...
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    Child Care Subsidy Program

    Child care can be extremely expensive, especially for lower income families. But without quality child care arrangements, working parents are hard-pressed to remain effective either at work or at home. Federal agencies, at their own discretion, can now use appropriated funds, including revolving funds otherwise available for salaries, to assist lower income employees with the costs of child care. This Child ...
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    Sick Leave to Care for a Family Member with a Serious Health Condition

    Entitlement Most Federal employees may use a total of up to 12 administrative workweeks of sick leave each leave year to care for a family member with a serious health condition. If an employee previously has used any portion of the 13 days of sick leave for general family care or bereavement purposes in a leave year, that amount must ...
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    Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals

    *Program Description* The purpose of the Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI) program is to test and evaluate ways of creating employment and business opportunities for individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance. The program also aids other low-income individuals through self-employment, micro-enterprise, new business ventures, expansion of existing businesses through technical and financial assistance and non-traditional employment initiatives ...
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    FLTCIP Features

    Consultative Services You have access to experienced and knowledgeable Certified Long Term Care Insurance Consultants (who do not work on commission) who can help guide decision-making, compare plans, provide personalized rate quotes, and assist in completing an application for coverage. Informal Care Unlike many other plans, the FLTCIP’s Comprehensive Plan covers care provided in the home by friends, family members, ...
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    Court Leave

    An employee is entitled to paid time off without charge to leave for service as a juror or witness. An employee is responsible for informing his or her supervisor if he or she is excused from jury or witness service for 1 day or more or for a substantial part of a day. To avoid undue hardship, an agency may adjust ...
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    Agency Student Loan Repayment Plans

    Under 5 CFR 537.103, each agency must establish a plan that designates the officials who are authorized to review and approve offers of student loan repayment benefits. Agencies should use approval delegations similar to those used for other recruitment and retention incentives. Agency Tailoring Agencies may tailor their student loan repayment plan as they see fit in order to facilitate the ...
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    Sick Leave for Family Care or Bereavement

    Entitlement Most Federal employees may use a total of up to 104 hours (13 workdays) of sick leave each leave year to- # provide care for a family member who is incapacitated as a result of physical or mental illness, injury, pregnancy, or childbirth; # provide care for a family member as a result of medical, dental, or optical examination ...
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    National Farmworker Jobs Program

    *Program Description* The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) provides job training, employment assistance, and other supportive services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents with the goal of helping farmworkers secure full-time employment. *General Program Requirements* In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a migrant or seasonal farmworker authorized to work in the United States, whose ...
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