Q: I am vital postal employee. I have used up my sick leave and holiday pay for my husbands cancer.
I have been going through Tests for an up coming serious disk surgery that will use up the balance of my sick leave - holiday pay. I have been through hell to get to this point now I am experiencing covid symptoms. We have had 2 active cases in my office. The fear of having covid is keeping me from being tested. I fear I will have to use my existing ( much needed) sick leave to quarantine . Has the federal government been issued a ‘grant’ for this circumstance or will I have to cancel my surgery and use sick leave to quarentine?
A: If you are still looking for assistance it is my opinion that you would strongly benefit from speaking with an attorney who focuses on federal sector employment law to go over your case in detail. It is likely that as a postal service employee you do have additional protections related to expanded COVID-19 leave protections than many other federal employees (Title 5 employees). Specifically, unlike Title 5 employees, you may be covered by the Expanded Family and Medical Leave Provisions Enacted in Division C of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Best of luck!
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