Update on Fiscal Year 2017

ominious-legislationAs I shared with you earlier this month, President Trump has submitted a supplemental request to Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2017 funding as well as a “budget blueprint” proposal for FY 2018. The administration’s comprehensive FY 2018 budget, that will include specific agency component and program-proposed funding details, is expected to be released later in May. Current FY 2017 funding expires on April 28th, and with this date rapidly approaching, Congress is scheduled to be in recess the weeks of April 10th and 17th, leaving only five legislative days upon their return before funding expires. Congress must either advance a Continuing Resolution (CR) before this date or determine how to proceed on 11 out of 12 remaining appropriations bills, coupled with this new request from the administration for the last five months of the current fiscal year, or face a potential government shutdown. Continue reading “Update on Fiscal Year 2017”

HHS Is Distributing Statements Itemizing Back Pay Owed to Paralegal Specialists Per NTEU FLSA Settlement

Money in walletAs I previously informed you, NTEU settled a national grievance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) status of Paralegal Specialists.

Pursuant to the settlement, Paralegal Specialists have been reclassified as covered by (or nonexempt under) the FLSA. That means, going forward, Paralegal Specialists are entitled to a choice between compensatory time off or overtime pay at time-and-a-half, for all overtime hours worked. Continue reading “HHS Is Distributing Statements Itemizing Back Pay Owed to Paralegal Specialists Per NTEU FLSA Settlement”

Federal Employees Deserve Fair Pay

Increased cost of livingAccording to media reports, the administration may include a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees in its 2018 budget.

That is not enough. Learn more about NTEU’s support of a 3.2 percent increase.