Voluntary Leave Transfer Program Law and Legal Definition

The Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (“Program”) is a federal initiative allowing federal employees to donate their annual leave to assist other federal employees who have personal or family medical emergencies and who have exhausted their own leave. The purpose of the Program is to bridge a gap in the federal worker's current disability insurance coverage for personal medical emergencies. This Program lays down the procedures that federal agencies must follow in permitting the voluntary transfer of annual leave.[5 CFR 630.903]

The Program also allows an employee to take leave when a family member has some medical emergency although the employee is healthy. However, if an employee was on leave because a family member had a medical condition, but was validly removed by the employing agency during such time, nothing in the Program's statute will support the employee because it does not prohibit removal of an employee. The program provides a substitute measure to help an employee until s/he is able to take advantage of long-term disability retirement. A medical emergency affecting a leave recipient will be considered to be terminated when the employment of the leave recipient terminates. An agency has the authority to deny an employee's request to use shared annual leave just as it may deny an employee's request to use other annual leave.[Jones v. DOT, 295 F.3d 1298 (Fed. Cir. 2002)]