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Ask FELTG: We would like to direct an employee to undergo a medical examination. In a recent class, you mentioned that there are three limited situations where an agency can direct an employee to undergo a medical evaluation. What are they?

As we discuss in our Absence, Leave Abuse & Medical Issues Week, OPM restricts an agency's authority to order an employee to undergo a medical exam (they don't call it a Fitness For Duty anymore) to just three situations:   1. Periodic screening due to...

Ask FELTG: If an employee has no sick leave on the books and requests a day of annual leave because he is incapacitated for duty, must the agency grant the annual leave request, or can the agency place the employee on LWOP?

If an employee is incapacitated for duty and has sick leave balance, the agency must grant the sick leave because it is an entitlement. A supervisor is not required to grant an annual leave request because there is no entitlement to that type of leave; however, the...

Ask FELTG: Some agencies use the Douglas Factors Worksheet as a separate document from the proposal. Others prefer to list the full Douglas Factors WITHIN the body of the proposal letter. Do you have a recommendation and justification for a preferred process?

The safest way to handle the Douglas Factor analysis is to have the supervisor complete a Douglas Factor Worksheet, attach that worksheet to the proposal notice, then in the body of the proposal notice, include a paragraph that says this: "In selecting a penalty, I...

Ask FELTG: Can a supervisor discipline an employee for approved leave?

While in general a supervisor cannot discipline an employee for approved leave, there is an exception for excessive absence cases, when an employee has been on approved leave for a length of time but the leave is now causing a hardship on the agency. The foundational...

How does Ask FELTG work?

Welcome to FELTG's newest website feature. Just submit your question in the field to the right, and FELTG may answer it in a future post. Don't worry, your name and agency won't be used, so ask anything you'd like! The materials presented in Ask FELTG and on this...

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