On June 10, 2017, NTEU filed a national grievance against HHS for ongoing violations of Article 26 of the parties’ Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) committed by the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). In March 2016, OMHA and ASPR issued a directive to employees requiring them to document and report their work performed on telework days. ASPR also directed employees to sign a “telework expectations” form prior to participating in the telework program. NTEU alleged that the directives issued by OMHA and ASPR violated Article 26 of the CBA, the HHS Telework Policy, and the Telework Enhancement Act.
The parties have reached a settlement of the national grievance. Under the settlement agreement, HHS has agreed to the following:
- OMHA will immediately rescind any directive, to include the OMHA 202-form, requiring employees to document and self-report their work on telework days. OMHA will no longer require employees to document and report the work performed each telework day or to submit work product to their immediate supervisor by e-mail each telework day, as a condition of participation in telework.
- ASPR will immediately rescind any directive requiring employees to document and self-report their work on telework days. In addition, ASPR will immediately rescind the “Telework Expectations” form.
- HHS reaffirmed its obligations to comply with Article 26 and the Telework Enhancement Act.
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