Limits on official travel for federal employees remain in place, even if vaccinated

As COVID-19 vaccinations continue to ramp up across the country, the Biden administration will continue to discourage official travel for the federal workforce.

Business travel for federal employees is still limited to mission critical trips, even if they’re fully vaccinated. And the administration is still discouraging international travel if at all possible, according to new guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, which posted Friday.

Exceptions include military deployments, COVID-19 response missions and diplomatic activities that can’t be done remotely.

The latest directions comply with updates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made recently to its own travel

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PwC paying employees extra $250 to take vacation

PricewaterhouseCoopers is encouraging its employees to use their vacation days by actually paying them additional money to do it, while also giving them salary increases and bonuses across the board.

The firm announced base salary increases for employees Friday, along with an expanded bonus pool. The firm is also giving a special “thank you” bonus this month to employees equivalent to one week’s pay to recognize employees’ efforts to keep working during the pandemic.

The efforts are part of the Big Four firm’s efforts to retain employees, who have largely worked from home since the outbreak of the pandemic last

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Plano summer recreation programs in peril as city struggles to find employees for seasonal jobs

A looming staffing shortage in the Plano parks and recreation department could cut into summer programs if more applicants are not quickly found, city representatives said via email and phone interviews.

Specifically, the shortage could affect summer day camps, swimming classes, open swim time and operating hours at recreation centers, aquatic facilities and the Nature & Retreat Center at Oak Point Park.

“We may not be able to open all pools, or if we do, we may have to have reduced hours,” city spokesperson Steve Stoler said in an email response.

The number of applications the department normally receives for

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American Airlines said 13,000 employees could be furloughed, blaming slow vaccine rollout and travel restrictions

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  • American Airlines said Wednesday 13,000 employees were at risk of being furloughed.
  • The potential furloughs include 1,850 pilots and 4,245 flight attendants.
  • A slow vaccine rollout and restrictions on international travel have dampened demand, American said.
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American Airlines said on Wednesday that 13,000 employees were at risk of furlough when a US aid package for airline workers expires on April 1, blaming slow vaccine rollouts and new international travel restrictions for dampening demand.


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American Airlines to furlough up to 13,000 employees, blames COVID restrictions

American Airlines will send WARN/furlough notices to roughly 13,000 employees as federal aid is set to expire next month, the company announced Wednesday.

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This includes 1,850 pilots, 4,245 flight attendants, 1,420 maintenance workers, 3,145 fleet service workers, 1,205 passenger service workers, 100 dispatch workers and 40 cleaning crew employees.

MORE: American Airlines to cut 19,000 jobs this fall amid industry upheaval

The airline’s announcement comes just days after United said it might have to lay off up to 14,000 employees. It also comes six months after American Airlines announced it would be cutting 19,000

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