Senate Budget Committee Approves FY18 Budget Resolution

The Senate Budget Committee has approved a FY18 Budget Resolution, which, unlike the House Budget Resolution, does NOT impact federal employee benefits.

img_7869Today, the Senate Budget Committee considered and advanced its Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution. Unlike the House Budget Resolution, H. Con. Res. 71, which passed the House of Representatives earlier today by a vote of 219-206, the Senate Budget Committee’s budget resolution does not contain instructions to cut federal employee benefit programs. Continue reading “Senate Budget Committee Approves FY18 Budget Resolution”

HHS Is Distributing Statements Itemizing Back Pay Owed to Office of Refugee Resettlement Field Specialists

HHS has begun distributing statements to Office of Refugee Resettlement Field Specialists itemizing how much back pay and liquidated damages each specialist is owed under an NTEU Fair Labor Standards Act settlement and arbitration award.

Arbitrator Robert Creo
Arbitrator Robert Creo

As I previously informed you, Arbitrator Robert Creo issued a favorable decision on February 10, 2017, regarding NTEU’s national Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) grievance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NTEU’s grievance alleged that HHS improperly classified field specialists in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) as exempt from, or not covered by, the FLSA.  Continue reading “HHS Is Distributing Statements Itemizing Back Pay Owed to Office of Refugee Resettlement Field Specialists”

House Passes Budget Resolution; Senate Considers Budget Resolution

Today, the House passed H. Con. Res. 71, a budget resolution for FY 2018.

Pay cut - bill cut with scissorsToday, the House passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget resolution (H. Con. Res. 71) by a vote of 219-206 that directs the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to produce at least $32 billion in cuts. This committee primarily has jurisdiction over federal employee benefit programs, which is where these cuts would need to come from, translating into federal employee benefit reductions. Continue reading “House Passes Budget Resolution; Senate Considers Budget Resolution”