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CBP SCREWS EMPLOYEE WITH ITS ADMINISTRATIVE INCOMPETENCE CBP reassigned an employee from the Bahamas to Houston. Trying to be extra careful about the costs of the move the employee inquired whether he could be reimbursed if he shipped his POV … Continue reading

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ARBITRATORS CAN’T, BUT UNION REPS CAN FLRA just issued a decision overturning an arbitrator’s decision on how to award back pay for unpaid overtime that highlights a very powerful club unions have in these cases. After deciding the agency had … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST #14- Back Pay Entitlement Many grievances are about getting back pay for employees, which makes it very important that practitioners know what can and cannot be done with back pay. Unfortunately, there are a lot of traps … Continue reading

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WHAT IS A GRIEVANCE RECOVERY PERIOD? The FLRA has said that it “specifically distinguished between contractual back pay recovery periods and contractual time periods for filing grievances.” Consequently, we practitioners had better know the difference, particularly negotiators when we sit down to write … Continue reading

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HOW FAR BACK CAN A BACK PAY CLAIM GO? We are getting questions about how far back an arbitrator can order an agency to grant back pay as if there is some legal limit on it.  We are not going … Continue reading

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THE LIMITS OF BACK PAY ORDERS Dear Fedsmill, I just saw the Authority’s May 22, 2019 decision in which it chose not to enforce a 2017 FSIP final order.  That order required an agency to implement a salary increase retroactive … Continue reading

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SAY “THANKS, BUT NO THANKS” TO BACK PAY FROM FSIP OR INTEREST ARBITRATORS Few things make a union negotiator and members as happy as a Panel order that makes a pay increase retroactive. A fistful of cash relieves a lot … Continue reading

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CONGRATULATIONS, VELVA! YOU HAVE JUST WON 12 YEARS OF BACK PAY PLUS … These employees getting a decade or more of back pay for standing up for themselves must feel like the “Publishers Clearing House” van just backed into their driveway. … Continue reading

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AGENCY CAN BE ORDERED TO PAY EMPLOYEE INCOME TAXES When the employer is ordered to give an employee a back pay lump sum amount, it can also be required to compensate the employee for any extra income taxes if the … Continue reading

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TEST YOUR LABOR RELATIONS BACK PAY ACT KNOWLEDGE Many grievances are about getting back pay for employees, which makes it very important that practitioners know what can and cannot be done with back pay. Unfortunately, there are a lot of … Continue reading

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