In what amounts to a sign of an expectation that high numbers of its employees will continue to be teleworking for many months, DoD has extended through the first half of next year special provisions for employees with dependent care responsibilities.
The general government-wide policy is that employees are not to telework at the same time they have dependents in the home who may need care at the same time, but that has been loosened since the spring when many employees were put on telework status as schools and day care centers meanwhile closed—many of which remain either fully or partially closed.
An OPM memo of the time allowed use of compressed or flexible work schedules as an accommodation. That has no expiration date but the authority under a similar DoD memo had been due to expire at year’s end; a new memo continues those policies through next June.
The new DoD memo states that through June 2021, “Components may allow civilian employees to telework during an emergency with a child or other persons requiring care or supervision present at home. Employees must still account for work and non-work hours during their tours of duty and take appropriate leave (paid or unpaid) to account for time spent away from normal work-related duties (e.g., to care for a child or dependent).”