Leave refers to paid or unpaid time when an employee is absent from work. Leave is an essential component of a federal employee’s total rewards package, and it is an essential tool for managers and supervisors.
Leave can be planned or unplanned; approved or disapproved; paid or unpaid; and some other forms. Normally, an employee requests leave; however, under certain circumstances, management can require leave. Various types of leave for various situations are available for employees.
Policy on leave in the Federal government is set by law and regulations. Managers and supervisors responsible for approving or disapproving leave should be aware of statutory and regulatory requirements on granting or denying leave. Because leave can affect compensation, policy guidance can be found at the Office of Personnel Management and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.