Expiration of Emergency Federal Employee Leave
Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act earlier this year. As you are all aware, in the
act was the Emergency Federal Employee Leave provisions that allowed federal employees--
including postal employees--to take up to 600 hours of leave for certain reasons related to
COVID-19. The leave was restricted to an amount of $570 million and leave could only be used
from March 15, 2021 through the end of the Fiscal year which ends today, September 30, 2021.
Without Congressional action to reauthorize the leave, the leave will no longer be available. The
EFEL has not been reauthorized nor does it appear that it will be. Here are some things you
should be aware of:
Leave can be used through September 30, 2021.
The Postal Service has until September 30, 2022, to submit claims to OPM for all EFEL used by
postal employees up through September 30, 2021.
Employees can request the leave through September 30, 2021, and supervisors and managers
can go still go in and make pay adjustments and change leave for employees who are eligible
for EFEL within the time period.
On September 24, 2021, OPM published that there is still over $270 million remains.