Omicron Wave Impacts Poses Staffing Challenges for Federal Managers – FEDmanager

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As the omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads rapidly throughout the United States, more and more federal employees are unable to work due to infection or quarantine. The omicron variant appears to be spreading at a much quicker rate, making it crucial that those who have been infected isolate themselves. While it is necessary for the federal government to take safety precautions to protect their employees and members of the public who interact with federal employees, the omicron wave has created staffing challenges for federal managers across all agencies.
For example, according to recently released information the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) currently has 3,694 employees with active COVID-19 infections. Prior to the introduction of the omicron variant in the United States, the TSA had reported only 275 active positive COVID-19 cases among employees. Current infections have been detected in TSA employees across 202 U.S. airports, including 20 of the busiest hub airports in the country. While few airports are currently reporting slowdowns, infection rates are continuously rising, creating the potential for widespread staffing shortages. These types of staffing shortages are making it increasingly difficult for federal managers and executives to effectively manage their workforce.
Staffing issues may lead to increased scrutiny for managers, as well as job performance problems for employees who are able to go into work but must juggle additional responsibilities to keep their office running efficiently. Despite staffing shortages being completely out of the hands of federal managers, they could potentially be blamed when issues arise from these shortages. If the agency decides to discipline you for actions and decisions taken in the scope of your federal managerial position, it may take a significant toll on your career and finances, unless you have a professional liability insurance (PLI) policy in place with FEDS Protection.
We offer federal employee policies with $1 million, $2 million, or $3 million in civil liability protection for attorney’s fees and indemnity costs in the event you are sued in your civil capacity.  The FEDS policy also includes $200,000 of legal representation coverage per incident for administrative actions and $100,000 of coverage for criminal defense costs.  Annual premiums for FEDS Protection PLI start at $290, which is less than it would typically cost to hire a federal employment lawyer for an hour.  Additionally, federal managers and law enforcement officers are eligible for a reimbursement of up to 50% the cost of their PLI policy through their agency.  To learn more about FEDS Protection, and how a FEDS professional liability insurance policy can protect you and your career, visit fedsprotection.com or call (866) 955-FEDS, Monday through Friday 8:30 am-6 pm, to speak directly to a representative.
*This article is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

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