Browsing: Overtime pay

Q: I am a Title-38 registered nurse for the Veterans Affairs Department. For more than 10 years, I have worked as evening-shift supervisor. My shift has been 3:30 p.m. until midnight. I carry an emergency pager, and I am not allowed to pass this pager off in order to take my 30 minute meal break. Am I entitled to overtime? A: Probably not. However, you’ll have to check with your personnel office to be sure.

Q: Could you please tell me what year or when the law went into effect that states that overtime is not included when calculating a high-3? A: To the best of my knowledge, overtime has never been considered to be a part of base pay when computing an employee’s high-3.

Q: I am a GS-11 who has my overtime hourly rate capped at $38.31. Is there a calculator available that will help me decide how many overtime hours to take pay for as opposed to taking compensatory time? At a certain point, it is not worthwhile to take overtime pay because of the increase in the amount of federal tax withdrawn? A: I’m not aware of any such calculator. However, if anyone out there is, please let me know and I’ll share the information with our readers.