OPM encourages teleworking for feds in Zika hot spots

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has advised federal managers to provide employees working abroad in regions struggling to contain the Zika outbreak with alternative work arraignments, according to a Federal Times article.

OPM Director Beth Cobert said in a memo released Monday, "We urge supervisors and managers to be mindful of the health risks in determining the need for work-related travel to Zika-affected areas...we recommend using appropriate flexibility to accomplish the necessary work using alternate means, such as teleconferencing."

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Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can be transmitted sexually and has displayed a strong connection to the neurologically debilitating birth defect microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with irregularly small heads.

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