The governor Wanda Vazquez Garced signed Executive Order 2020-086 that extends the term available to public employees and officials who perform essential tasks to use excess vacation or sick leave.
The new order extends the period until June 30, 2021.
“As a result of the state of emergency in Puerto Rico in the face of the threat of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, known as the COVID-19, it is imperative to extend the field of public employees to which the extension of the term for the use of their licenses must apply and extend the term for the use of these until June 30, 2021 ”, reads the statement of reasons of the order published on November 30 by the State Department.
Among the employees recognized by the document are those who work in the Department of Labor and Human Resources, public servants of the businesses of the Department of Public Safety (DSP), custodial officers of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DCR), and the personnel who provide services in the medical institutions of the government of Puerto Rico.
“It will be the responsibility of each appointing authority or the person designated by it, to carry out the coordination so that these officials enjoy in a timely manner the excesses accumulated in their vacation and sick leave, without affecting the services offered by each public instrumentality ”, dictates the order.
The new order amends OE 2018-043, which established until December 31, 2020 the term that public employees had to exhaust any excess in their vacation or sick leave.
The president highlighted that the prompt response to the damage caused by the natural phenomena experienced in Puerto Rico and the implementation of initiatives aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 have been possible largely thanks to the commitment and effort of many of the public employees who carry out essential functions.
“The government of Puerto Rico recognizes, values, appreciates and respects the commendable work carried out by our public officials in order to guarantee the health, safety and well-being of our people,” the order adds.