Category Archives: Back Pay

WHAT CAN BACK PAY AND DAMAGES INCLUDE? You will be surprised to see what can be included and it all depends on how you draft the grievance.

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UNDERTAKING A HGDG REVERSAL STRATEGY We are back on the issue of OPM standing in the way of employees receiving back pay for all the time they spend performing higher graded duties. See our recent post entitled, “Money For Higher-Graded … Continue reading

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DON’T MAKE THIS HGDG GRIEVANCE MISTAKE One of the more satisfying grievances to win for employees is a claim that they be paid for doing work above their normal salary grade.  Often these are called Higher Graded Duty Grievances (HGDG), … Continue reading

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IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO COLLECT YOUR CASH One of the sad facts facing federal employees seeking justice on the job is that it can take years to get your money.  But as most recently demonstrated by some female … Continue reading

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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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