Telework can affect locality pay

Federal employees entitled to locality pay that depends on where their job is located may not receive the same arrangement if they telecommute regularly, reports Fedsmith.

If a person's home is outside the vicinity of their locality pay, the worker is not still entitled to the locality pay where the agency is located, writes Robert Dietrich, a federal human resources officer for 37 years.

However, feds are entitled to locality pay where their home office is, if applicable, which could be higher or lower than before, but pay benefits wouldn't be affected if the employee telecommutes one or two days per week.

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Reader comments

Thu, Jan 10, 2013

Kiplingers cost of living index for Huntsville, AL is 94, but "Nashville-Murfreesboro" is listed as 89. The cost of living in Nashville is so much higher than Murfreesboro that they may have averaged Nashville 94 with Murfreesboro 84 to get that 89? Nashville and Huntsville are very close in cost of living, so why does the GS scale local pay single out Huntsville but treats Nashville as "rest of US" ? The local pay scales are just not representative, too arbitrary

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 columbus

Why is everyone trying to make telework an evil thing. Let it alone. Not only do you have to jump thru hoops to get to do it by having to take 600 classes and all the other crap we have to go thru, now they want to start screwing with out pay. Give it a rest and the people so we can do our job to the best of our ability and without added presure of management trying to come up with more reasons to cause problems. What do you guys do go to bed at night and try to think of things to stop the telework. Dream of sheep instead

Thu, Aug 11, 2011

Sad state of affairs..

Thu, Aug 11, 2011

This seems to be a fair arrangement, but I'm sure there are some folks out there who feel they are entitled to have their cake and eat it...teleworking and locality pay. They need to forget about teleworking; they have just proven that they can't be trusted.

Thu, Aug 11, 2011 DC

My office has a large percentage of teleworkers and we were directed to change the official duty station of anyone who teleworked 7 days or more during a pay period to their telework location. Mgmt spoke with all affected and some chose to reduce their telework days instead of losing their DC locality pay.

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