NETL is an employee-friendly workplace. To help employees deal effectively with personal or family-related pressures while minimizing the disruptions such pressures can cause at the work site, NETL provides:
Flexible Work Schedules
Most employees at NETL are eligible to participate in the Alternate Work Schedule (AWS) Program. Under this program, the work day may start as early as 6:00 a.m. and end as late as 6:00 p.m. at Albany and 7:00 p.m. at Morgantown, Pittsburgh, and Tulsa. Employees can earn up to 20 credit hours per pay period and can accumulate up to 24 hours that can be used to adjust a work schedule or taken as leave in the future.
All career employees earn vacation or "annual leave." The amount earned varies with the length of Federal service. Employees earn 13 days of annual leave each year the first three years of employment; 20 days after 3 years and 26 days after 15 years.
Almost all new employees hired after December 31, 1983 , are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), a defined benefit plan. Employees are vested after five years.
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) Act of 1986 established TSP to provide a tax-deferred retirement savings plan for Federal employees. DOE automatically contributes one percent of an employee's salary, matches an employee's contribution of the next two percent of salary, and contributes 50 percent of the employee's contribution of the next 2 percent salary.
DOE is committed to improving workforce performance related to its mission by using a systematic approach to assessing, planning, delivering, and evaluating training. This includes formal and informal training, education, and development or other learning assignments.
Physical Fitness/Health Services
NETL encourages employees to maintain their physical well being. NETL sites feature employee-sponsored and supported fitness centers and frequently conduct wellness programs.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
EAPs support employees who have performance or conduct problem or conflicts with supervisors or coworkers, or whose health, personal, or family circumstances could affect job performance or workplace behavior.
Leave Transfer Program
This program allows employees to donate their annual leave to fellow employees who are experiencing a medical emergency and who have used up their own sick and annual leave and would otherwise be in a non-pay status.