House lawmakers ‘extremely concerned’ about impacts of EEOC’s proposed official time policy

“We are extremely concerned about the potential effects of this proposed rule on the enforcement of employment anti-discrimination laws and policies affecting federal employees and the fairness of the federal workforce,” House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) wrote Thursday in a letter to EEOC Chairwoman Janet Dhillon.

Currently, union representatives are granted official time during work hours to prepare equal employment opportunity complaints on behalf of their coworkers in the bargaining unit. Federal employee unions have often said allowing representatives the time to prepare EEO complaints ultimately benefits the agency in the long run, because the practice gives employees the time and space to make sure their concerns are heard in the workplace.

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