EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: Giving a Buddy Your Break

Giving a Buddy Your Break

Would you be willing to give up some of your vacation time or sick leave so that it could be used by a co-worker? When employees at the Internal Revenue Service's Cincinnati office read in an office memo a proposal to do just that a few weeks ago, their response was generous indeed. By last week 291 employees had donated 813 days of their sick leave and 92 days of vacation time to a co-worker, William Ault, 28, an IRS examiner who has leukemia.

Ault is one of three Government employees who were chosen as beneficiaries of a demonstration program in...