Return to Office Push Expands to Federal Workers

In response to a letter sent by industry lobbying group The Real Estate Roundtable to the U.S. Senate on April 12, 2023, the Biden administration just one day later “requested new workplace guidelines from federal agencies that would ‘substantially increase in-person work’ in 2023 and beyond” of the more than 2 million civilian federal employees. In support of the Stopping Home Office Work’s Unproductive Problems Act (“Show Up Act”) legislation passed by the U.S House of Representatives in early February, The Roundtable’s letter “argued that federal agencies should return to pre-pandemic workplace attendance practices once the federal COVID-19 emergency declarations officially end on May 11;” and that a “significant portion of the workforce must return to the office to permanently improve the post-COVID economy.”