Union Rights of Excepted Employees During the Government Shutdown

img_8161For excepted employees, everything is the same for the purposes of telework and alternate work schedules during the government shutdown.

Also, union representatives who are excepted may still use official time to represent employees. Furloughed union representatives can only use official time to represent employees in very limited circumstances per guidance from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Continue reading “Union Rights of Excepted Employees During the Government Shutdown”

Congress Fails to Act on a Short-term CR; Government Remains Shutdown

Seal of the United States Senate
Seal of the United States Senate

Last evening, the U.S. Senate failed to come to agreement and act on a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that would have allowed agencies to operate as normal on Monday. Senate Leader McConnell has scheduled a floor vote on a short-term CR that would keep agencies operating through Thursday, February 8, at noon Monday. It is unclear at this time whether this measure can gather the 60 needed votes to advance. If it were to clear the Senate tomorrow, the House of Representatives would also need to act on this funding measure. Continue reading “Congress Fails to Act on a Short-term CR; Government Remains Shutdown”