OPM releases back pay guidance

The Office of Personnel Management has released guidance to federal agencies on how to administer back pay to federal employees.

The funding bill that ended the three-day government shutdown included a provision that provided retroactive pay to federal employees, but in addition, the OPM now says that employees who were furloughed are also entitled to a number of pay add-ons as if they had actually continued to work.

“A furloughed employee who, during the lapse in appropriations, had been regularly scheduled to perform overtime work or to perform work at night or during a period for which any other form of premium pay would otherwise be payable is entitled to receive overtime pay, night pay, or other premium pay as if the work had been performed,” it states.

The goal is “to make furloughed federal employees whole,” according to OPM.

The guidance did not address when the payments had to be made.

Read the full guidance here.

Reader comments

Mon, Mar 26, 2018

No, the most those of us who were sent home should get is regular pay-not overtime-not leave accrual, just regular pay and that's it. Granted we were placed in that situation through no fault of our own but there should be limits.

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

Does not make sense to go the extra mile.

Tue, Jan 30, 2018

What about those of us who were required to work? The ones who stayed at home got a free day of vacation and the rest of us had no choice but to work so basically we worked that day for free. Do we get any recognition for going the extra mile and doing that? We all know the answer to that.

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