FCPS staff members who have been deployed overseas for extended periods of time are entitled to a day off at the end of their workdays, according to a federal rule that was adopted by the National Labor Relations Board last month.
The rule, which was adopted last month, gives employees an exemption from a wage cut in order to take care of their families, according the Federal Communications Commission.
The exemption is based on a contract between the agency and the workers.
It’s the latest step in the ongoing effort by federal lawmakers to expand workers’ rights in the workplace, including a federal labor law passed in 2017 that gave employees the right to unionize.
The FCPS, which is a federal agency, is the nation’s third-largest employer, with about 4,500 employees.
The agency operates the nation�s first federal radio station, the Federal Aviation Administration, and has contracts with the military and the National Guard.
Its employees are also the agency�s primary point of contact with employers who need to hire them.
Employees who have a conflict with the union can request a grievance procedure to address the situation.
The Federal Communications Agency, which administers the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, does not issue wage cuts or benefits to workers who have worked overseas for longer than 90 days, according a statement from the agency.
The agency also does not pay employees who have completed long-term deployments overseas during that time.
The policy is designed to protect FCPS workers and their families during periods of extended overseas travel, said Jessica Knepper, an agency spokeswoman.
FCPS uses the policy to protect its employees and to protect the agency from retaliation if they seek to unionise, Kneppers said.
The AFSCME said in a statement that it supports the rule.
The union, however, said the agency was unfairly limiting the flexibility that employees have when working overseas, especially since the agency has contracted out more than 2,000 roles to overseas firms.
The federal government did not respond to requests for comment.
The issue has divided unions in recent years.
The Service Employees International Union, which represents FCPS and other federal government employees, has called for a rule to protect workers who are overseas and also for a freeze on wage cuts.
A group of House Democrats is also trying to block the wage cut.
It filed a petition with the NLRB to have the rule rescinded.
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia last year ruled that the NLRC rule is constitutional and did not require Congress to enact it.