Welcome to the HHS FLSA Settlement Website

This is the official website of the Settlement Administrator for the 2019 settlement between the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The settlement resolved a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) grievance filed by NTEU against HHS in March 2012. The grievance alleged that HHS had violated the FLSA by improperly exempting 17 positions from coverage under the FLSA, which is the federal overtime statute.
The agreement applies to a group of current and former bargaining unit employees meeting the specific criteria and defined as “Covered Employees” under the settlement agreement. Approximately 1,350 individuals are covered by the settlement. A summary of the eligibility criteria can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of this website. For further information about the settlement you can also call the Settlement Administrator at 1-888-905-1370 or you may contact your local NTEU chapter representative.
Under the terms of the settlement, HHS provided class member data to the Settlement Administrator (BrownGreer PLC) for purposes of determining eligibility and calculating any applicable back-pay and liquidated damages. The Settlement Administrator completed the settlement calculations and Notices were issued to covered employees on May 22, 2020. The Notices were sent by email to those covered employees for whom the Settlement Administrator had an email address, and by U.S. mail to all others.
UPDATE: Settlement checks were mailed in August 2020. All settlement checks not cashed within 120 days from the date of mailing will be voided. You can provide your updated address information by calling the Settlement Administrator’s toll-free number at 1-888-905-1370. Checks will be mailed to your most up-to-date address on file with the Settlement Administrator as of July 20, 2020. You can still submit an address update after that date, and if your check is returned as undeliverable, the Settlement Administrator will re-mail your check to your updated address. Note that any applicable state and local tax withholdings are based upon the address information that was provided to the Settlement Administrator by HHS.
Any address update information you provide to the Settlement Administrator is solely for purposes of this settlement and is not provided to NTEU. If you wish to update your contact information with NTEU to stay informed about this matter and other NTEU work on employees’ behalf, you can sign up here for updates from NTEU.