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Thousands of GSA employees to get back pay

Feb. 28, 2013 - 03:49PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
The funding for the settlement will come from GSA's existing spending authority for salaries and expenses and will be taken out of accounts across GSA proportional to the number of employees in that account who will receive settlement money.
The funding for the settlement will come from GSA's existing spending authority for salaries and expenses and will be taken out of accounts across GSA proportional to the number of employees in that account who will receive settlement money. (Staff)

Thousands of General Services Administration employees will share in a $30 million settlement.

The settlement stems from a union grievance filed in 2002 that argued thousands of employees classified as exempt from overtime rules were actually eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Cory Bythrow, spokesman for the National Federation of Federal Employees, said up to 5,000 employees are eligible for back pay for the period between 1999 and 2012. The union will work with GSA to identify how much each employee will receive.

“It is going to have to be taken to a granular level,” Bythrow said. He said the payout will happen “fairly shortly.”

The settlement covers only employees who are or were part of the bargaining unit represented by NFFE, according to Bythrow. The employees may include both wage grade and General Schedule employees.

The union had filed for arbitration but settled the case without holding an official hearing, according to Bythrow.

GSA spokeswoman Jackeline Stewart said the agency reached the agreement after a careful analysis of the job duties performed by GSA employees.

“To better comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act, the new leadership at GSA has put controls in place to ensure overtime payment is appropriately documented and paid,” Stewart said.

The agency will conduct mandatory annual training for managers and employees on the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to Stewart.

The funding for the settlement will come from GSA’s existing spending authority for salaries and expenses and will be taken out of accounts across GSA proportional to the number of employees in that account who will receive settlement money.

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