Bloomberg Tax
March 14, 2020, 8:41 PM

IRS Sets New Employee Protections in Virus Response Escalation

Allyson Versprille
Allyson Versprille

The IRS is allowing more employees to work remotely and providing more flexibility with leave requests in response to the growing Covid-19 threat, according to an internal email obtained by Bloomberg Tax.

The email was sent by IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig Friday evening to employees—hours after the president declared the coronavirus outbreak a national emergency. The IRS has faced backlash from the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents agency employees, for failing to take quick enough action to protect workers.

“We want you to know that we share your concerns. The senior leadership team and I know first-hand we need ...

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