Senator Hirono Cites FMA National President In Introduction of the Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act - October 6, 2020
By Erich Wagner, Government Executive
Craig Carter, national president of the Federal Managers Association, said: “FMA is proud to endorse Sen. Hirono’s bill, which would provide certainty to all feds that the use-it-or-lose-it annual leave they dutifully earn throughout the year will not be unjustly forfeited due to unusual and unexpected circumstances, like this pandemic, that are completely out of their control."
The Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act (H.R. 8457 and S. 4777), introduced by Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., in the House and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, in the Senate, would expand OPM’s waiver so that it applies to all federal workers. The lawmakers argued that even if a federal employee is not considered “essential” for the purposes of OPM’s waiver, many have not taken leave due to the need to protect themselves from exposure to the virus or because of state or local restrictions aimed at limiting COVID’s spread.