Category Archives: Awards

LIMITS ON CASH AWARDS TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES LOOSENED Hope you did not miss Eric Yoder’s piece in a recent Washington Post about how the outgoing White House Administration just told agencies that they can and should increase the funding of … Continue reading

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CBP IMPORT SPECIALIST LOSES AWARDS-RELATED RETALIATION CLAIM A new decision out of the MSPB not only highlights how complicated some appeal actions can be, but also raises the question of why the employee chose to represent himself rather than have … Continue reading

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NTEU STUNG BY IRS FLIM-FLAM? We ran across an article in NTEU’s Chapter 60 “Watchdog” newsletter that shines a bright light on the games too many agencies play with their performance award money. Given that the story is written by … Continue reading

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AFGE FORCES AGENCY TO PAY INCENTIVE AWARDS A tip of the hat to the victory AFGE tied up this week forcing an agency to pay incentive awards. (AFGE, 68 FLRA 1049) The contract merely said, “only when and if the … Continue reading

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WHEN PERFORMANCE AWARDS ARE DISCRETIONARY What’s a union to do when management distributes cash performance awards as it sees fit without any negotiated formal criteria?  A lot, even if the FSIP said the agency could do it that way. The … Continue reading

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WHEN PERFORMANCE AWARDS ARE DISCRETIONARY What’s a union to do when management distributes cash performance awards as it sees fit without any negotiated formal criteria?  A lot, even if the FSIP said the agency could do it that way. The … Continue reading

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POPA’S AWARD AGREEMENT ASTONISHING The Patent Office Professional Association is one of our favorite unions if for no other reason than it knows how to protect benefits once negotiated.  It wrote the book on how a union can dig its heals … Continue reading

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“IT’S PART OF YOUR JOB” SUGGESTION AWARD GRIEVANCE Grievances over suggestion awards are not new.  The two most common deal with disputes over the amount of money paid the employee for an adopted suggestion and whether an employee’s suggestion was … Continue reading

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SEPARATE BUT EQUAL PERFORMANCE AWARD SYSTEMS In a country that knows more than a little bit about the vicious fallacy of a “separate but equal” approach to treating people, one would think there would be little tolerance for it in … Continue reading

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AGENCY DEMEANS EMPLOYEES’ PERFORMANCE What would you call it when an agency decides to fund the non-supervisory employee awards budget at only 56% of what is needed, while deciding to fund the management awards account at 100% of what was needed?  We call … Continue reading

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