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Government employers can limit when employees take flextime

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Some government employers let employees arrange their schedules to allow flexible hours. Changing those terms in a union environment may be an unfair labor practice.

However, in one recent case, an Ohio appeals court upheld such a change because the union contract didn’t address the practice.

Recent case:
Some employees of Butler County had been informally allowed to carry over flextime hours into future pay periods. Then the county started requiring all flextime to be used in the same pay period.

The government employees union protested, but the Court of Appeals of Ohio said the county had the right to make the change. It said the union contract was silent on the issue and the written work rule had always specified that the time had to be used within the pay period. (Professionals Guild of Ohio v. State Employment Relations Board, No. 08-AP-417, Court of Appeals of Ohio, 2009)

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