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Federal agencies can lift caps on number of employees working on-site

Washington Post – “The Biden administration Thursday told federal agencies that they no longer have to limit the number of employees allowed in the workplace, but kept in place an expansive telework policy that was instituted during the coronavirus pandemic, an approach that could slow the return to federal buildings. The long-awaited guidance, the first major announcement on pandemic staffing the administration has issued since January, reversed a previous 25 percent cap on capacity inside federal offices. Changes will not be immediate, however. Before increasing building occupancy or changing employees’ telework status, agencies have to come up with plans that satisfy any collective bargaining obligations, update their covid-19 safety protocols and give employees “ample notice” — generally at least 30 days — to adjust their schedules. Agencies are required to complete their return-to-work plans by July 19…”

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