Fallbrook, California, USA – July 29 2018: CalFire battles wildfire near Fallbrook, California in San Diego County.

OPM has authorized agencies to establish emergency leave transfer programs related to the wildfires in California. In those programs, employees may donate annual leave for the benefit of employees of the same or other agencies who are affected or whose family members are affected and who have exhausted their own leave but still need time off from work.

Individual agencies set policies for donating and receiving leave, including which employees are considered to be effective, how much leave they may receive, and the time limits for donating and receiving leave.


“Agencies with employees adversely affected by the California wildfires are in the best position to determine whether, and how much, donated annual leave is needed by their employees and which of their employees have been adversely affected by the emergency within the meaning of OPM regulations. They are also in the best position to quickly facilitate the transfer of donated annual leave within their agencies,” OPM said in a memo.

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