Attention members: NTEU is working with the Settlement Administrator and CBP to develop the software necessary to calculate individual payments and to transfer employment data necessary for running those calculations.
NTEU National President Tony Reardon has provided a brief update on the status of the work to make individual payments from the settlement fund that was established by the global settlement agreement.
The settlement money was transferred to an account managed by the Settlement Administrator, Brown/Greer (BG), before October 1, 2016, thereby preserving the FY ’11 money. NTEU has been working with BG to develop the software necessary to calculate individual entitlements under the now completed settlement distribution formula. Under the formula, covered individuals will receive credit for service from 2003 through 2015, with enhanced credit for service for years of service from 2003 to 2011, when the vast majority of violations under the settled grievances occurred.
Individual payout calculations must also account for each covered individuals’ yearly overtime earnings for each fiscal year from FY 11 through FY 15. This is necessary to comply with the annual OT cap and to determine how much of each individual’s payout must be treated as base pay for retirement contribution purposes. BG will also endeavor to find cap room in other fiscal years should a covered individual be prevented from receiving the full payment in one or more years because they cap out. With over 25,000 settlement recipients, this is an enormously complex undertaking.
Meanwhile, BG has been diligently working to satisfy the government’s extensive IT security requirements. Those requirements must be met before CBP will transfer the employment data necessary to run calculations under the formula. Once the software is finished, and the data is transferred, BG can begin calculating individual payments.
It is looking more and more likely that there will be two rounds of payments. Although it is very difficult to predict, the first round of payments is expected to be made next summer, hopefully in or around July. NTEU fully understands that when a settlement is announced, the first question asked is, “When do I get my money?” NTEU can assure you that we are working hard to make that happen as soon as possible.
For answers to any questions you might have, please click here to visit the Global Settlement FAQ section of our website with answers to the information that is currently available.
President, NTEU 137