Employee Policy

EEOC union decries agency’s unilateral decision to return to office

The American Federation of Government Employees Council 216 has filed an unfair labor practice complaint, alleging the agency bypassed ongoing negotiations over the return to traditional work sites and engaging in “surface-level” bargaining.

Employee Policy

Senators, labor press for adding more ALJs to the SSA union

Democrats and labor advocates feel emboldened after the Biden administration encouraged agencies to search their ranks for misclassified workers.

TSP

Nearly all TSP funds continued to tumble in April

Only the government securities fund—the G Fund—finished last month in the black.

Pay

More than 60 Democratic lawmakers want a 5.1% raise for feds

The lawmakers asked the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee to override WH plan for an average 4.6% raise for 2023.

Employee Policy

Feds are growing less engaged with their jobs

Response rates for the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey also fell 10 points from 2020, amid a fall survey period that was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Benefits

Agencies ease disability benefits rules for feds

The Biden administration is making it easier for some government employees and military vets to get disability benefits for certain chronic conditions, as reported in a weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

Employee Policy

'Ban the box’ prohibition at federal agencies soon to expand

OPM has proposed a rule implementing The Fair Chance Act, expanding a preexisting ban on asking federal job applicants about criminal histories prior to the conditional job offer phase of the hiring process. The proposal also sets up a way to report violations of the rule.

Employee Policy

USDA had a plan for the best place to relocate two agencies—but didn't follow it

GAO finds the department's approach to relocating its Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture to Kansas City in 2019 had "significant limitations."

Pay

Feds can now donate to Ukraine relief, directly

Through June 30, feds can pledge donations to charities working on relief efforts in Ukraine—in a special round of the Combined Federal Campaign.

Employee Policy

OPM: Better data-tracking and benefits education to improve equity

The report by OPM—the federal government HR agency—was one of more than 90 equity action plans released last week by the administration.

TSP

Bill would permit feds to save for retirement longer

The legislation calls for raising the age when mandatory distributions must begin from 72 to 75.

Employee Policy

With Social Security offices reopened, unions report a mixed bag

Some components of the agency report a more collaborative labor-management relationship—but not field office employees, who now complain of feeling physically threatened at work.

Benefits

What feds should know: New paid parental bereavement leave benefit

Thanks to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, feds can take up to two weeks off after the death of a child.

Employee Policy

Biden’s budget focuses on making government a model employer

The WH fiscal 2023 budget proposal envisions reforms to federal hiring and internships—as well as restructuring regional Federal Executive Boards.

Employee Policy

MSPB issues first precedent in 5 yrs

The Merit Systems Protection Board, which adjudicates discipline and removal actions taken against federal workers, is back in business and has created new precedent: determining that it cannot overrule laws that govern probationary periods.

Pay

OPM launches a toolkit to attract more women to SES

The push to recruit more women into the cadre of career government executives builds on a 2014 program—and comes amid news that, unlike the rest of the federal government, there is no gender pay gap in the Senior Executive Service.

Employee Policy

EPA will return to ‘hybrid’ office in May

The agency and its union agreed this month to start bringing union workers back to facilities in May, albeit with expanded telework and remote work options.

Employee Policy

Some House Republicans want to re-effect Trump-era workforce policies

A dozen GOP lawmakers introduced a bill to revive the former president’s anti-union EOs plus an order that could politicize the civil service.

Pay

WH & OPM say they will ‘address’ salary history in hiring process

Although the gender pay gap at fed agencies is much smaller than it is in the private sector, officials vowed to push to eliminate it altogether.

Employee Policy

$1.5 Trillion omnibus bill brings enhanced workforce reporting

Congress instructs federal agencies to report back on human capital issues—and the future of fed work.

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