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Oct. 13, 2017 // WorkLife Wisdom: National Work and Family Month

Happy National Work & Family Month!

The Office of Personnel Management is committed to helping agencies strategically develop and improve work-life programs through consultation, guidance, training, and tools. National Work and Family Month (NWFM) is designed to communicate and celebrate progress towards creating healthier and more flexible work environments.

FAA WorkLife has joined in this commemoration to remind our FAA employees and their families of our benefits available to support work-life effectiveness.  

The FAA partners with Magellan Health Services to offer personalized assistance called WorkLife Solutions to our full-time permanent employees and their families.

WorkLife Solutions provided by Magellan Health Services include:

  • Concierge Services includes LifeMart Discounts
  • Legal and Financial Services
  • Up-to-8 Confidential, Free Counseling Services
  • CafeWell online Health and Wellness Program 
  • Workplace Support Services for managers and supervisors
  • Life Management Resources and Referral including
  • Geriatric Care Management
  • Child Care and Elder Care Resources

For more information about these services, please call 800-234-1EAP (1327) TTY 800-234-4006 or www.magellanhealth.com/member 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or visit https://employees.faa.gov/employee_services/benefits/worklife.

The FAA Nursing Mothers Program (NMP) was established to support new mothers who want to make a smooth transition back to work after the birth of a child. The program promotes the continuation of the lactation process in a safe, secure, clean, and confidential environment. Lactation rooms/spaces are provided at FAA facilities including the Regions, Centers, and the Child Care Development Centers. The availability of onsite accommodations for nursing mothers contributes to a beneficial, progressive, and balanced workforce. Please contact Tierra Willis, the National Nursing Mothers Program Coordinator for further program information at Tierra.Willis@faa.gov.

The FAA Child Care Subsidy Program in partnership with ASIWorks is intended to provide an incentive for the use of safe and reliable day care and thus, to improve FAA employee productivity and morale. FAA employees who meet the specific eligibility requirements included in this program description may apply for Child Care Subsidy assistance. Program website is https://childcaresubsidymatters.com or contacting the Program Manager, Martina Shipman, National Program Manager, at Martina.Shipman@faa.gov.

The FAA also offers onsite Child Care through the National Child Care Program. There are eighteen locations nationwide providing nationally accredited child care services. Quality child care enhances the family and strengthens the workforce. For our employees with young children, on- or near-site child care is often a significant factor in meeting responsibilities both at work and at home. Contact the Program Manager, Martina Shipman, National Program Manager, at Martina.Shipman@faa.gov.

Additional information including center locations can be found at https://employees.faa.gov/org/staffoffices/ahr/program_policies/emp_relations_worklife_benefits/worklife/childcare/.

The FAA Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP), was established to help ease the financial burden of an employee who has exhausted available paid leave and has a personal or family member with a medical emergency. The leave recipients are employees absent from duty for prolonged periods due to a certified medical condition that causes a substantial loss of income. This program allows employees to voluntarily donate annual leave or sick leave to VLTP leave recipients. For more information, contact the National VLTP Program Manager, Anna Green, at Anna.Green@faa.gov.

The FAA Telework Program was established to maintain compliance with the Telework Enhancement of 2010. The Program provides our workforce with an opportunity to manage with greater flexibility while attaining a more satisfying work-life balance. It also serves as a useful tool for Continuity of Operations during emergency situations; reductions in management costs; reductions in environmental impact and transit cost; and workforce retention. Lines of Business and Staff Offices (LOB/SOs) are encouraged to use telework to the maximum extent possible. FAA supports the broadest use of telework, up to full time telework, by eligible agency employees.

The Human Resources Policy Manual (HRPM) WLB 12.3 FAA Telework Program applies to all LOB/SOs, however the fulfillment of applicable labor relations obligations must be confirmed.

More information on the FAA Telework Program can be found by visiting the website Error! Hyperlink reference not valid., contacting your LOB/SO Telework Coordinator or the FAA Telework Program Manager Sharon Turman-Hall at sharon.turman-hall@faa.gov or 202-267-2988.