Establishment of an Emergency Leave Transfer Program for Hurricane Irma

NTEU requested that HHS request OPM approval for the establishment of an Emergency Leave Transfer Program for HHS employees adversely affected by Hurricane Irma.

Truck in Florida during Hurricane IrmaToday, in anticipation of employees affected by Hurricane Irma needing additional paid leave, NTEU National President Tony Reardon asked Secretary Price to immediately reach out to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and request the establishment of an Emergency Leave Transfer Program (ELTP) for HHS employees or the delegation of authority to do so for those who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. NTEU offered to work with HHS to solicit donations to the program.

As you know from our experience with Hurricane Harvey, OPM has the authority to establish an ELTP at the request of employing agencies for employees needing paid leave to address storm damage. This authority may also be delegated to agencies. Unfortunately, as of today, OPM has not yet made a determination that the establishment of an ELTP is warranted for employees affected by Hurricane Irma. Relevant information, and a fact sheet, from OPM regarding the ELTP can be found at: https://www.chcoc.gov/content/human-resources-flexibilities-hurricane-harvey-and-its-aftermath/. More information can also be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/emergency-leave-transfer-program/.

I will keep you informed as soon as there are any new developments to report on the ELTP. If you have any questions about the Emergency Leave Transfer Program, please contact your chapter president.