A group of senators has just introduced a bill that would change the way agencies use their administrative leave.
The bill, the Administrative Leave Act of 2016, is an alternative to the House version which would force employees into unpaid leave status while management is still trying to compile cases against them.
So what would this bill do? Here are eight ways it would affect the use of administrative leave:
- Limit the use of administrative leave to five consecutive days at a time.
- Require agencies to use administrative leave as a last resort and consider other options first, such as assigning the employee to other duties or requiring the employee to telework.
- Require the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to come up with regulations on acceptable agency uses of administrative leave and recording of it.
- Require agencies to update their own policies within one year after OPM has issued its regulations.
- Require agencies to record administrative leave separately from other forms of excused absence.
- Provide two new types of leave: investigative leave and notice leave for employees who are under investigation or have been given notice of a proposed adverse action.
- Require agencies to tell the employee in writing why he or she is being put on this type of leave.
- Provide weather and safety leave when an employee cannot come to work due to weather or safety reasons.
Read the text of the bill here.