The Fair Labor Standards Act has resulted in decisions costing federal agencies tens of millions of dollars in overtime payments paid to bargaining unit employees wrongly designated as exempt from the FLSA. This final part of the article discusses agency strategies in dealing with FLSA designations.
The overtime and associated costs paid by multiple Federal agencies in arbitration decisions or in settlements reached by the parties on Fair Labor Standards Act cases is staggering. In the second of these articles, the author provides an analysis from a Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) case and why agencies are losing these cases.
A few months ago, a colleague forwarded to the author a number of recent arbitration decisions which had gone against Federal agencies and had resulted in tens of millions of dollars in overtime payments to bargaining unit employees wrongly designated as exempt from the FLSA. The overtime and associated costs paid by multiple Federal agencies in arbitration decisions or in settlements reached by the parties was truly staggering.
Why aren’t agencies and organizations better prepared for workplace violence? The author reports on one agency that has an exceptional program in place
The importance of public confidence in Federal agencies cannot be overstated. Federal employee misconduct has been in the news all too often. While misconduct cases often make entertaining reading, they can have serious consequences with regard to agency mission and funding. When allegations of misconduct are significant, the image of all Federal employees is tarnished. Agencies have to challenge themselves to elevate their game.
How do federal employees see themselves and why to they see themselves in this way? A retired human resources specialist discusses federal pay, job attitudes and why working for the government can be a very rewarding career.
From the perspective of a selecting official, the key to avoiding pre-selection is to remain open-minded when considering all of the candidates referred to you, since the best-qualified candidate may be someone from outside your unit, your agency, and perhaps even the Federal Government.
Human resources specialists may want to take particular note of this article. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has successfully prosecuted two human resources specialists accused of engaging in a prohibited personnel practice by attempting to help agency management pre-select a candidate for a vacancy.
Every article I have read about the Phoebe Prince case condemned the brutal bullying campaign carried out by these students, and its horrifying consequences, but there were many different perspectives as to what to do next.
I think that we Americans do outrage particularly well. The problem I see is with our recurring lack of follow-up to such horrific incidents. In this case, I would have great difficulty understanding a lack of outrage on the part of anyone reading the article quoted above or the many other stories about Phoebe Prince’s tragic death.