Update on Government Funding

Congress and the administration have until midnight Friday to fund the government.

A dark contrast photo of the US Capitol against cloudy gray skies.Yesterday evening, House Republican leadership introduced a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), H.J. Res 195, to continue funding the federal government at FY17 levels until February 16, 2018. The current CR expires at midnight Friday, January 19. In addition to a month-long extension of agency funding, the bill also includes a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and a two-year delay of the excise tax on employer-provided health plans (the so-called “Cadillac” tax established by the Affordable Care Act), including FEHBP plans, meaning the tax on these health plans would take effect in 2022 rather than 2020 as scheduled. NTEU supports a repeal or delay of this excise tax, as we are concerned that health insurers will simply pass on the cost to enrollees, or seek to limit coverage. Continue reading “Update on Government Funding”

Telework and Excused Absence During Hazardous Conditions

Photo of a car buried in snow with a person trying to reach inside, and text overlay reading, Bosses be like, "you still coming to work, right?"As a reminder, our CBA has several protections for bargaining unit employees (BUEs) affected by hazardous conditions: Continue reading “Telework and Excused Absence During Hazardous Conditions”