Q&A Session: Flex Time


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


What are the rules and regulations regarding flextime for federal employees?  If a supervisor wishes to flex an employee’s schedule due to events that occur after the normal hours of duty is this legal?


Go to the Office of Personnel Management’s website (http://www.opm.gov/oca/aws/index.asp#Introduction) to read a detailed explanation of the rules and procedures on flexible work schedules.  The basic answer to the rest of the inquiry is that supervisors can order employees to work outside of their flex schedule, but a grievance can be filed by employees or their union if they believe their supervisor’s decision is unreasonable.

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