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    Flexibilities Available for Adoption

    The Federal Government offers numerous leave and work scheduling flexibilities to assist employees in meeting their work and family obligations. The administration of these flexibilities typically is addressed in agency internal policies and/or collective bargaining agreements. Sick Leave An employee may use sick leave for purposes related to the adoption of a child. Examples include but are not limited to the ...
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    Flexibilities Available for Childbirth

    The Federal Government offers numerous leave and work scheduling flexibilities to assist employees in meeting their work and family obligations. The administration of these flexibilities typically is addressed in agency internal policies and/or collective bargaining agreements. Sick Leave A birth mother is entitled to use accrued sick leave for medical appointments, hospitalization, and her period of incapacitation following childbirth. A birth ...
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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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    Lump-Sum Payments for Annual Leave

    An employee will receive a lump-sum payment for any unused annual leave when he or she separates from Federal service or enters on active duty in the armed forces and elects to receive a lump-sum payment. Generally, a lump-sum payment will equal the pay the employee would have received had he or she remained employed until expiration of the period covered ...
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    Restoration of Annual Leave

    Agencies may restore annual leave that was forfeited because it was in excess of the maximum leave ceilings (i.e., 30, 45, or 90 days) if the leave was forfeited because of an administrative error, exigency of the public business, or sickness of the employee. An agency must restore the annual leave in a separate leave account. Administrative Error The employing agency ...
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    Sick Leave for Personal Medical Reasons

    An employee may use sick leave when he or she: # is incapacitated for the performance of duties by physical or mental illness, injury, pregnancy, or childbirth; # receives medical, dental, or optical examination or treatment; or # would, as determined by the health authorities having jurisdiction or by a health care provider, jeopardize the health of others by his or ...
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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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    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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    Sick Leave for Adoption

    An employee may use sick leave for purposes related to the adoption of a child. The agency may advance up to 30 days of sick leave for adoption-related purposes. Examples may include but are not limited to: # Appointments with adoption agencies, social workers, and attorneys # Court proceedings; # Required travel; # Any periods of time the adoptive parents are ...
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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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    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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    Social Security Benefits

    The first available part of the retirement benefit is Social Security. It provides monthly payments if you are retired and have reached at least age 62, monthly benefits if you become disabled, monthly benefits for your eligible survivors, and a lump sum benefit upon your death. _Return to Retirement Overview page._
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    Basic Benefits Plan

    The basic benefit portion is financed by a very small contribution from the employee and from the Government. Basic Plan Benefits are a monthly payment depending on the employee's pay and length of service. As in most retirement plans, a formula is used to compute the payments under the Basic Benefit Plan. The Government averages the highest 3 consecutive years of ...
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    Thrift Savings Plan

    The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees. Congress established the TSP in the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986. The purpose of the TSP is to provide retirement income. The TSP offers Federal employees the same type of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under "401(k)" plans. ...
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    Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program

    The Federal Government established the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program on August 29, 1954. It is the largest group life insurance program in the world, covering over 4 million Federal employees and retirees, as well as many of their family members. FEGLI provides group term life insurance. As such, it does not build up any cash value or paid-up ...
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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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    6 Things to Do to Qualify for a Stimulus Payment

    6 Things to Do to Qualify for a Stimulus Payment
    The Bush Administration recently signed new legislation — the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 — into law that will give more than 130 million Americans as much as $152 billion to redistribute back into the economy. The payment amounts will equal the amount of one’s tax liability on their 2007 tax return ($600). That amount doubles for joint tax filers to ...
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