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.
Will the unions have any grounds for challenging the elimination of the FERS supplement? With my 23 years of service under the assumption of a FERS supplement, shouldn’t I be entitled to 23/30 of what I would have received before they started monkeying around with the law?
No. FERS is a congressionally passed statute. It can be totally changed or repealed, although it is not likely to happen except in the around-the-edges manner being discussed in Congress. Your union’s continued effective lobbying in Congress is the best and only recourse.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.
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