Almost 30,000 federal employees appeal furloughs

August 9, 2013
Protesters hold signs at a demonstration against sequestration in front of the US Department of Labor in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2013. Budget cuts would cause federal employees to have mandatory furlough days, where work and pay are suspended. AFP PHOTO/NICOLE SAKINNICOLE SAKIN/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters hold signs at a demonstration against sequestration in front of the U.S. Department of Labor on March 20, 2013. (Nicole Sakin/AFP/Getty Images

A total of 29,015 federal employees who have been furloughed by sequestration’s budget cuts had appealed the action to the Merit Systems Protection Board as of 5 p.m. Thursday, the deadline for Defense Department civilians, the largest group affected.

Any appeals filed Friday and in the coming days will be processed and docketed, an agency official said, but there is no guarantee that an administrative judge will hear those cases. Employees have 30 days from the first furlough day they took to appeal the loss of pay as an adverse personnel action.

The Post will be closely monitoring the outcome of hearings on the appeals and whether the merit board decides to handle some of them as class actions, a request made by both agencies and employees.

Lisa Rein covers the federal workforce and issues that concern the management of government.
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