Skip to comments.Merit board resumes action on furlough appeals
Posted on 09/12/2013 3:37:30 AM PDT by markomalley
The small agency handling more than 32,000 appeals from furloughed federal workers has begun moving the process forward after weeks of delays caused by the unprecedented volume of cases.
The Merit Systems Protection Board announced on its website this week that it has now assigned most of the claims a docket number for the administrative law judges who will hear the cases. Federal agencies that imposed the unpaid days off and employees challenging the action are receiving letters of acknowledgment of their cases.
The employees are seeking back pay for the unpaid days many agencies required them to take in the spring and summer to meet their budget cuts under sequestration. Most of the roughly 800,000 employees who were furloughed have completed the days, which were reduced at several agencies. Federal employee unions have been the driving force encouraging their members to appeal; the tiny merit board received thousands of cases a day for weeks.
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He would have to get the money to them by 1 October when the fiscal year is over. I don’t think you can give people money from a different fiscal year after it is over. Obama has about 2 1/2 weeks to get that money to his voters. I don’t think it will happen.
IIRC, I cannot recall any time in which federal workers were furloughed because of budget cuts that they did not, in the end, get paid for taking the time off. Even in the time of Nixon’s famous Wage and Price freeze (90 days) that was ruled unconstitutional and increases in salaries, etc. for government workers was paid back.
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