Agencies Start Reopening Offices, Though Approaches Vary

Government Executive: Early this month, more than 200 social workers, therapists and psychiatrists at a Veterans Affairs Department facility in Illinois received an email they were not expecting: starting June 1, they would no longer be allowed to telework each day.

The mental health service line employees based at a hospital in Hines had been keeping all their normal appointments with their veteran patients from home via telehealth. Employees who cannot return to their work station or feel unsafe doing so can take sick leave or unpaid time off, the email said.

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