Emergency Federal Employee Leave
Effective March 12, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (Act) was signed into law by President Biden. This Act provides employees with up to 600 hours of paid Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL). This leave is available to employees beginning on March 12, 2021, and continuing through September 30, 2021—or until the funding established in the Emergency Federal Employee Leave Fund (Fund) for reimbursement is exhausted. The leave is available to eligible letter carriers who are unable to work due to one of eight qualifying reasons listed below.
Emergency Federal Employee LeaveQualifying Reasons Leave Eligibility
A letter carrier is entitled to take EFEL related to COVID-19 if the employee is unable to work because the employee:
Please fill out a PS form 3971 completely and supply the required documentation that fall up under 1 of the 8 qualifying reasons for the EFEL leave that may apply to your specific qualifying reason. If for any reason management denies your request, please get authorized union time to meet with your steward so an appropriate and timely grievance can be filed.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)
We are living in uncertain times with a more than one year going pandemic. One day you are living healthy and happy, and the next day you are sad or fighting for your life with Covid-19. Covid 19 has taken a toll on the world leaving many people feeling lonely, helpless and hopeless. We as letter carriers are affected by the many challenges that
Covid 19 has left us to deal with. From working long hours, limited staffing and no time for our families, Covid-19 has caused different forms of stress that we don’t normally deal with.
When all else fails, our outlet is the employee assistance program (EAP). It is completely confidential, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. EAP is here for you, with a variety of ways to connect with a licensed counselor. You can connect online at EAP4YOU.com, through video, by live chat or text message and by telephone 1-800-327-7341. The first session is on the clock. See your supervisor or steward to request EAP.
-- Jacqueline McGregory