Settlement of National Grievance regarding Remote Work Reports for OCR Employees

NTEU and OCR have executed a settlement agreement regarding a remote work reporting requirement for Region III employees that violated the CBA, telework law, and agency policy.

TeleworkingOn December 22, 2016, NTEU filed a national grievance against HHS regarding the implementation of a requirement for Region III employees in the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), to submit remote work reports on telework days, in violation of Article 26 of the parties’ Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the Telework Enhancement Act, and HHS telework policy. In the grievance, NTEU alleged that by requiring teleworkers to submit remote work reports, OCR was treating teleworkers and non-teleworkers differently, and requiring teleworkers to do more administrative work than non-teleworkers. This is a clear violation of the plain language of the Telework Enhancement Act, HHS telework policy, and our CBA.

On November 1, 2017, the parties executed a settlement agreement that requires the agency to:

  1. immediately rescind the requirement remote work reports by issuing an email to all OCR Region III employees notifying them that the reports will no longer be required;
  2. rescind any proposed and/or sustained disciplinary action that is in any way related to or based upon the requirement to submit remote work reports; and
  3. identify any employee whose performance appraisal has been negatively impacted by the remote work reports, and remedy the appraisal by removing any reference to the remote work reports and adjusting the score as appropriate.

If you have questions or comments, please contact your chapter president.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.