Official Pay and Leave Guidance Issued for the Three-Day Shutdown

OPM has issued official guidance to agencies regarding employee pay and leave issues resulting from the shutdown.

Agency ShutdownAs you know, employees who were furloughed and those deemed excepted who continued to report to work during the shutdown are to be paid in full. Under existing law, those who report to work unpaid during a period of a lapse in appropriations are required to be paid retroactively, and Congress, as part of the current Continuing Resolution (CR) has passed a law (H.R. 195) guaranteeing back pay to those who were furloughed, as well as requiring all employees, including excepted individuals, to be paid as soon as possible once the shutdown ended. NTEU strongly supported this legislation, and worked to ensure its enactment.

United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) logoThe Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has released official guidance to agency human resource offices to help address various employee pay and leave issues, for both furloughed and excepted employees that have arisen owing to the shutdown.

The guidance includes information for agencies on how to address and provide credit for various types of pay situations such as basic, overtime, premium, night pay, allowances, differentials, and FLSA. In addition, it also addresses leave accrual, and instructs agencies to restore and credit any lost annual or sick leave, as well as providing guidance for FMLA, LWOP, and AWS. The guidance also confirms that for purposes of General Schedule waiting periods for within-grade increases, the three days are treated as time in regular pay status.

I know that the shutdown was disruptive for many you, and NTEU is doing all possible to ensure that employees are paid on time. Federal employees simply do not deserve to be treated this way by their elected officials.