Browsing: annual leave

Q & A Session – FMLA in Regards to Childbirth

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience. Q: I will be having my first child and becoming a father soon. Can I use FMLA intermittently? It looks like from the Department of Labor information I found, you may but it is subject to the employer’s approval. I requested to use one week of leave when the baby is born and eight additional weeks a couple of months later. I also requested an additional week months following that for…

Q & A Session – Use or Lose Leave & Furloughs

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience. Q: If sequestration and a DoD furlough happen, would there be provisions for those who have “use or lose” leave to have the leave carried over to the next calendar year as restored leave? A: The first round of furloughs will be done by October 1, 2013. This will allow three months to use “use or lose” leave.  Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC. Disclaimer: Ask…

Q & A Session – Mandatory Leave

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience. Q: I recently became aware of a case in which a federal employee had annual leave approved, decided not to take it, but was told by his or her supervisor that he or she would be required to take it. After getting the leave approved, the employee decided to retire before the end of the leave year, and therefore wanted to let the leave accrue, so he or she could get…

Q & A Session – Earning Annual Leave

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience. Q: I have a serious medical condition, and, because of this, I have had to use all available sick leave, advanced sick leave (currently being paid back each pay period), and my annual leave as I earn it. During the last pay period, I took 8 hours annual along with FMLA leave as I have been doing for several months; however, I received notice that I did not have annual leave…

Q & A Session – Annual Leave as Lump Sum

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience. Q: After an involuntary separation, I wanted to use annual leave for my last five weeks after my last day on the job. However, I wanted my annual leave spread out, rather than in a lump sum to preserve my health benefits for as long as possible and extend my service for retirement purposes. Is there a rule that says you have to have a lump sum or can I have…

Q & A Session – Requesting Advance Sick Leave

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience. Q: I have over 26 years of government service and have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, anxiety and depression. I have applied to Social Security for disability and am out of sick leave and running out annual leave. Can I request advance sick leave even though I have applied for disability? A: You can apply. Your agency will grant or deny the advance sick leave based on their discretion.…