Legal Updates

DoDEA SIGNALS INTENT TO COMPLY WITH SMART LES RULING

  FEA members in the Overseas unit may have recently noticed something new hanging up on their school bulletin boards – a notice signed by the DoDEA Director, indicating that the Agency will comply with an arbitrator’s decision requiring them to implement better and clearer pay information with Leave and Earnings Statements (LESs).   The… Read More

UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYEES ON FILING FECA (WORKERS COMP) CLAIMS DUE TO COVID EXPOSURE

In response to Association requests for clearer information for members exposed to COVID 19 who seek to file claims under the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA), DoDEA management has updated its guidance on how employees should seek assistance with the process. DoDEA is now advising employees to contact the Army Benefits Center – Civilian (ABC-C)… Read More

DoDEA Updates COVID Info Following Association Request

Association attorneys and leaders Thursday raised concerns with the vaccine exemption form issued by DoDEA earlier this week, leading to management’s release of updated guidance providing more flexibility in the timeline for employees to file medical documentation when seeking exemption from the November 22 deadline to be fully vaccinated. FEA and FEA-Stateside Region leaders and… Read More

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GREATLY EXPANDS CREDIT FOR STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS

In great news for many educators with student loans, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently announced a change to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program rules for a limited time, allowing many borrowers to receive credit for past payments made on loans that would otherwise not qualify for PSLF. Some 550,000 public service… Read More

NOV 22 DEADLINE FOR FEDS TO BECOME FULLY VACCINATED

Following an Executive Order from the White House requiring federal employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has issued guidance stating that feds must be fully vaccinated by November 22 of this year. Please be aware that the guidance states that the vaccine mandate applies to teleworking employees and… Read More

FEA Stands with NEA on Federal Employee Vaccination Policy

Late last month, the Biden administration issued an Executive Order on Covid-19 vaccinations for federal government employees. (Read that EO at https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/07/29/fact-sheet-president-biden-to-announce-new-actions-to-get-more-americans-vaccinated-and-slow-the-spread-of-the-delta-variant/) The order specified that all employees attest to their vaccination status, and those that are not vaccinated will be subject to certain requirements, such as frequent testing, official travel restrictions, and more. Subsequently,… Read More

INFO ON PCS TAX, RITA

At FEA's request, DoDEA has posted a current summary of the PCS Tax issue, including an explanation of the Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) that details how RITA is calculated and how affected employees can apply for it. That article is posted on DoDEA Connects. Those who are unable to access DoDEA Connects because they… Read More

RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT REIMBURSEMENT

Association action has led to a renewed chance at reimbursement of expenses incurred as a result of some members being required to quarantine themselves in hotel rooms following RAT travel last year. Employees who were in ROM (Restriction of Movement) during their return to PDS at a hotel during their summer 2020 RAT period and… Read More

RAT GRIEVANCE FILED

An Association Grievance over the issue of delayed Renewal Agreement Travel (RAT) from summer 2020 is progressing. At issue is whether Overseas employees on a two-year agreement who were eligible for RAT last summer but delayed their RAT due to numerous factors, including COVID and other travel restrictions, must begin a new two-year cycle if… Read More

HATCH ACT DO’S AND DON’TS

Advice for FEA Members on Political Activities and the Hatch Act The "Hatch Act" is the law that defines what Congress allows federal employees to do (or not to do) in regards to elections and political activities. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is the government agency that implements the regulations and enforces the Hatch… Read More