SUMMARY: House and Senate conferees have released the final text of the FY 2021 NDAA, which includes a provision to allow most federal employees to carry over an additional 60 hours of annual leave into 2021.
The House and Senate Armed Services conferees have released the final text of the FY 2021 NDAA. The bill contains several provisions that will benefit federal employees:
- Annual Leave Carryover: Permits most federal employees to carry over an additional 25% of annual leave into 2021 (60 hours), in recognition of their dedicated service during the pandemic. NTEU worked with the House Armed Services and the House Oversight and Reform Committee to get this provision included.
- PTO Telework: Makes permanent an innovative teleworking program at the Patent and Trademark Office that allows full time teleworking anywhere in the country, with certain limits.
- Paid Parental Leave: Extends paid parental leave to approximately 100,000 federal civilians inadvertently excluded from last year’s legislation, including employees at the VA, TSA, FAA, White House, Article I judges and the courts, and the public defender’s office for Washington, D.C.
- Elijah Cummings Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act: Requires each federal agency to establish a model Equal Employment Opportunity Program that is independent of the agency's Human Capital or General Counsel office and establishes requirements related to complaints of discrimination and retaliation in the workplace.
The House and Senate are both expected to vote on final passage of the bill next week. At this time, President Trump has threatened to veto the measure because of one thing it contains, a mandate to change military base names that commemorate Confederates, and another thing it lacks, a repeal of legal protections for social media companies. NTEU will continue to urge Congress to pass the bill and urges President Trump to sign it. To find out more, click here.