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Leave/Time and Attendance


Did you know that all full-time and part-time employees on an appointment of 90 days or more are eligible to earn annual and sick leave? So, you're planning to use leave this pay period? What kind of leave will it be? Not to fret, the answers are just a click away.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provides government-wide leadership on federal leave policies and programs. Look to them for overall guidance on Leave Administration Programs including information on Family Friendly Leave Policies.

The OPM-71, Request for Leave or Approved Absence (formerly SF-71) is the only form authorized by DOC for requesting and approving leave. It is a matter for supervisory discretion whether or when an employee is required to submit an OPM-71 except for Family Friendly Leave. All instances of Family Friendly Leave usage must be requested and approved with an OPM-71.

Expecting a little bundle of joy soon? Read the Maternity Frequently Asked Questions to know your leave entitlements. If your happy event is by adoption, check out OPM's Adoption Benefits Guide.

Leave without pay (LWOP) is a temporary period of nonduty and nonpay time granted at an employee's request. Employees on Student appointments often work full-time when not attending school and are placed on LWOP during school time. Learn more about the varied Effects of LWOP.

Employees who are facing periods of absence due to medical emergencies can be authorized to receive donated annual leave through the DOC Leave Transfer Program. The DOC Electronic Forms Website has PDF versions ofthe Application to Become a Leave Recipient (OPM 630). Here are the Approved Leave Donation Recipients in NOAA.

If you are leaving federal service, you can learn about your Lump-Sum Payment for Annual Leave.

Time and Attendance
It's the end of the pay period and you've just received your group's time sheets. Lucky you -- the Timekeeper. You have just 2 days to enter the time and attendance information and transmit the data so that your co-workers are paid in a timely manner. Your role is extremely important, though sadly, often taken for granted. We appreciate your diligence and we're here to help you and the supervisors certifying employee's duty time.

It takes several reference guides to cover the timekeeping function. It's not enough to just have the DOC Time and Attendance Manual (dated July, 1994), to know the time and attendance software screens and the general coding rules. Supervisors and timekeepers also need to know the rules governing overtime pay and compensatory time, Sunday pay, and holiday pay. Still others need to learn about Night Differentials and Hazard pay. Start with the DOC Pay Manual covering Premium Pay. Also familiarize yourself with provisions for Overtime for Travel.

Be sure to check out the Time & Attendance Frequently Asked Questions.

Seems like alot to learn? It is, but hang in there...

If your organization offers an Alternative Work Schedule (AWS), you will have to apply some of the rules you've learned within the context of the AWS. Learn more from OPM's Handbook on Alternative Work Schedules.

Here's a handy reference of the Time and Attendance Transaction Codes and the Leave Year Beginning and Ending Dates.

Training Classes
Please email WFMO.Pay@noaa.gov for additional training needs.

Inclement Weather
When ol' Mother Nature blows and snows, review this information on Time and Attendance Coding for Inclement Weather Site Closures.

Call the staff in the Human Resources Operations Division if you have questions.

Page last edited: December 28, 2016

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