Category: Management-Employee Relations Program
Leave Restoration for Emergency Essential Employees in a Combat Zone
With the enactment of Public Law 106-65, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000, October 5, 1999, the following changes became effective. Emergency essential employees in a combat zone may have their leave restored whether it was scheduled in advance or not. This amendment relieves the employees and supervisors from the administrative burden of scheduling, canceling, and restoring excess annual leave in this situation. Restored annual leave must be scheduled and used by the end of the leave year ending two (2) years after the termination of the exigency of the public business. The following areas are considered combat zones: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia/Montenegro); Albania; The Adriatic Sea; The Ionian Sea; The Persian Gulf; The Red Sea, The Gulf of Oman; part of the Arabian Sea; Gulf of Aden and the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. The following areas are considered qualified hazardous duty areas and are to be treated as if it were a combat zone: Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia and Macedonia. Employees deployed overseas away from their permanent duty station in support of Operation Joint Forge, (but outside the former Yugoslavia); Operation Allied Force, Operation Joint Guardian, Operation Southern Watch, or Operation Northern Watch are not entitled to combat zone benefits.
Content last reviewed: 6/20/2006-FMJ