Legal Updates

Special Update Laurel Bay Spring Break Case

STATESIDE REGION Special Update Laurel Bay Spring Bay Case   JANE LOGGINS – FEA Director for DDESS BEN HUNTER – FEA-SR General Counsel ANGELIA STUBBS – FEA-SR General Counsel In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew was forecast to hit South Carolina and a mandatory evacuation order was issued for MCAS Beaufort. Teachers at Laurel Bay were put on administrative… Read More

RAT REIMBURSEMENT

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM FEA WASHINGTON LEGAL OFFICE   FROM:  H.T. Nguyen, FEA Executive Director/General Counsel TO:  DODDS Educators in the FEA Bargaining Unit RE:  Reimbursement for RAT Travel (Association Grievance 17-04)   Background   In the Spring of 2017, DODDS announced that bargaining unit members who purchased tickets for RAT travel BEFORE receiving RAT Orders… Read More

REIMBURSEMENT FOR RAT TRAVEL

From: H.T. Nguyen, FEA Executive Director/General Counsel To: DoDDS Educators in the FEA Bargaining Unit Re: Reimbursement for RAT Travel Date: June 1, 2017 As you may be aware, management recently announced that it would be taking the position that if a bargaining unit member purchased tickets for RAT travel BEFORE the educator received his/her RAT orders, management would… Read More

DODEA BEGINS ISSUING TRAVEL ORDERS

See FEA’s June 1, 2017 update for information on an Association Grievance we are filing over this matter Now that both houses of Congress and the White House have approved funding for government operations through the summer, DoDEA has again begun to send out travel orders to its employees, allowing them to finally begin making… Read More

RAT TRAVEL ORDERS

See FEA’s June 1, 2017 update for information on an Association Grievance we are filing over this matter TO: FEA Overseas Bargaining Unit Employees FROM: H.T. Nguyen, FEA Executive Director/General Counsel RE: RAT Travel Orders DATE: April 20, 2017 DoDEA recently announced that educators/employees who purchase their airlines tickets before they received their RAT orders… Read More

DODEA GETS EXEMPTION FROM HIRING FREEZE

GREAT NEWS! We have received word that DoDEA has been granted an exemption from the federal hiring freeze. This hopefully means DoDEA will soon be able to start filling existing vacancies, as well as plan for the start of next school year. As you know, FEA and NEA have been pushing for this exemption for… Read More

LEGAL UPDATE ON PHASE OUT OF BENEFITS FOR SAME-SEX DOMESTIC PARTNERS, NEW BEGINNINGS, OTHER ISSUES

The Association is aware that management sent out a number of announcements to the field concerning proposed changes in a number of areas. The Association is working through the bargaining process on these issues. Please allow a few moments to review and explain each of the issues that have been raising concerns among bargaining unit… Read More

CHANGES TO OPM DATA BREACH COVERAGE DECEMBER 1, 2016

The credit monitoring and identity protection services offered free of charge to federal employees potentially impacted by the initial data breach announced by OPM in spring 2015 will expire on December 1. That coverage, provided through Winvale/CSID, covers 4.2 million individuals whose personal identification information may have been stolen as a result of the first… 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

SUPPLEMENT TO FEA’S SEPTEMBER 23 BAS LEGAL UPDATE

Form Available for Logging Time Spent Performing BAS To: FEA Leaders and Educators (For Immediate Distribution) From: H.T. Nguyen, FEA Executive Director/ General Counsel Re: SUPPLEMENT TO September 23, 2013 Legal Update- DoDEA Management Implements the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) in DoDDS without Completing Bargaining with FEA When I sent out the September 23, 2013… Read More