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”

Settlement of National Grievance Regarding Ongoing Telework Violations

NTEU and HHS have reached a settlement of the national grievance over the telework violations committed by OMHA and ASPR.

TeleworkingOn June 10, 2017, NTEU filed a national grievance against HHS for ongoing violations of Article 26 of the parties’ Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) committed by the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). In March 2016, OMHA and ASPR issued a directive to employees requiring them to document and report their work performed on telework days. ASPR also directed employees to sign a “telework expectations” form prior to participating in the telework program. NTEU alleged that the directives issued by OMHA and ASPR violated Article 26 of the CBA, the HHS Telework Policy, and the Telework Enhancement Act. Continue reading “Settlement of National Grievance Regarding Ongoing Telework Violations”

Status Call for May-July 2017

Here is the May-July 2017 issue of Status Call containing information on NTEU’s many important legal battles on behalf of federal employees.

Here is the May-July 2017 issue of Status Call containing information on NTEU’s many important legal battles on behalf of federal employees.

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