USDA Resists Providing Extra Flexibilities During the Pandemic for Forest Service Employees with Children - April 27, 2020
U.S. Forest Service workers said they are burning through personal leave juggling telework and child care, but that their agency has declined to provide additional time off as others have done.
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
U.S. Forest Service employees said Friday that the Agriculture Department has been effectively blocking the agency from providing paid administrative leave to teleworking employees who are juggling agency business and caring for a child, despite the fact that the practice has been authorized by the Trump administration.
Employees at the Forest Service largely have been working remotely since the coronavirus outbreak began, except for those involved in what the agency considers essential functions like firefighting, law enforcement and timber sales. But performing a full work week has still been a struggle for employees with children, many of whom report that they have been burning through annual leave when they can’t reach 40 hours a week on the job.