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 Leave Without Pay (LWOP) For Regular Employees Moving With Head of Household



LWOP (Leave without Pay)


(AFMAN 34-310, paragraphs 14.4.3. –

HRO Needs


-ERPA Checklist for LWOP NTE in DCPDS

-Copy of Orders (if moving with head of household) in DCPDS

-OPM 71 Requesting LWOP (with commanders Approval) in DCPDS

- ERPA Checklist for Resignation at the end of the LWOP in DCPDS Requesting and Approving LWOP. Employees submit requests for LWOP on OPM 71. Activity managers approve LWOP up to and including 30 days. The commander approves LWOP over 30 days. LWOP is charged in 15-minute increments. LWOP shall not be granted for a period exceeding 1 year except for military service and other circumstances considered appropriate.



14.4.3. LWOP for Regular Employees Moving With Head of Household. A regular employee is entitled to LWOP for up to 150 calendar days in order to avoid a break in service when resigning from his or her position due to an employer’s transfer of the head of household if the regular employee is the family member of either: A military member who is head of household; A federally employed person who is the head of household; or, A non-federally employed person who is the head of household, (hereinafter referred to as "sponsor"). These provisions do not apply to an employee relocating with their spouse who is retiring from active duty. LWOP is a temporary nonpay status and an authorized absence from duty granted upon an employee's request. An employee granted LWOP according to these procedures, receives no special employment consideration as a result of this LWOP status. The losing installation may fill the employee's position immediately, and no other installation is obligated to hire the employee by virtue of the employee's LWOP status. An employee returning from an overseas assignment for separation, at the NAFIs expense, is not entitled to LWOP under these procedures. Requests for LWOP under these procedures must be approved by the FSS commander, documented by an ERPA Checklist, and made a matter of record in the OPF.
 Employee Responsibilities. Employees submit request for LWOP to his or her supervisor on OPM 71. The employee also submits evidence acceptable to the approving authority, that the employee's sponsor is being transferred by the sponsor's employer. (Copy of Orders) After the approving authority approves the request, the employee submits to his or her supervisor, his or her resignation by completing ERPA Checklist. The resignation takes effect on the last day of the LWOP period, unless the employee is appointed to another position prior to the expiration of the LWOP period, in which case, the resignation does not take effect. The employee must include a forwarding address on the ERPA Checklist. If, during the LWOP period, the employee seeks other NAF employment, the employee submits a copy of the AF Form 2545, documenting the LWOP status, with his or her application for employment. (The employee receives the AF Form 2545 from the losing NAF-HR. Refer to paragraph
 Supervisor Responsibilities. Upon receipt of an employee's OPM 71 request for LWOP, the supervisor forwards the request, through the appropriate channel to the FSS commander for approval. After the FSS commander approves the request, the supervisor ensures the employee submits a resignation. Upon receipt of the Resignation ERPA Checklist, the supervisor completes another AF ERPA Checklist documenting the LWOP, and submits both forms to the NAF-HR.




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