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September 2008 FEA Stateside Update

Dear Colleagues,

Interaction with Family and Medical Leave:
Under the final regulations published by OPM on June 20, 2000, an employee is entitled to substitute up to 12 weeks of sick leave each year for FMLA leave without pay if the employee is caring for a spouse, son or daughter, or parent with a serious health condition. Alternatively, an employee may use up to 12 weeks of sick leave each year to care for a family member with a serious health condition and then invoke his or her entitlement to 12 weeks of FMLA leave without pay to care for a spouse, child, or parent with a serious health condition or for some other specified purpose under FMLA.

Pay Spreadsheet for Teachers: It is so important to be sure your pay is correct. BY now you should have a ‘handle' on three important documents -two SF 50s (Notice of Personnel Action), with one reflecting the change to a new salary and the second to the new step for this year. You should also be checking your LES (Leave and Earning Statement). Finally, according to the MLA, you must request a copy of your spreadsheet within 60 days of the start of school.

Compensation for Moves: Now that all schools have started and some of the dust has settled from the start ups, an Association Grievance had to be filed against the Agency for failure to compensate teachers who were moved or reassigned.

Compensatory time for Summer Travel: If you have not received your compensatory time, please check with your payroll person AND let your faculty representative know.

Name Change for DUES-TAB: The NEA DUES-TAB® Insurance Program has a new name! The NEA Complimentary Life InsuranceSM Program still offers eligible members free life and AD&D insurance coverage based on membership category and years of membership. Members can register or update their beneficiaries at the NEA Member Benefits site.

EXCENT Online: I wish we could say there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is such a horrid mess. Dr. Beraza has mentioned offering an EDA for the extra worked involved, but it goes even beyond that. Given all the problems and the incredible amount of time, we do not feel an EDA or even substitute release will do enough to compensate those who are putting in extraordinary amounts of hours. Please continue to keep track of the amount of time you have had to work beyond the duty day to keep up with this and make sure your administrator and faculty representative a copy of this time as well.

Fall Area Council: Your Association leaders are preparing for the Fall AC meeting September 25 -- 27 in Peachtree City. They have forwarded your concerns for discussion over the two days of meetings and I do hope they will return with answers you can use!

Terry