A-3941, JULY 14, 1924, 4 COMP. GEN. 52

A-3941: Jul 14, 1924

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CLASSIFICATION OF CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES - CHARWOMEN THE STATEMENT OR CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE COVERING COMPENSATION PAID UNDER THE CLASSIFICATION ACT TO CHARWOMEN WHOSE COMPENSATION IS FIXED BY SAID ACT AT A RATE PER HOUR SHOULD SHOW THE NUMBER OF DAYS ON WHICH SERVICE WAS ACTUALLY RENDERED DURING THE PERIOD COVERED BY THE PAYMENT. 1924: I HAVE YOUR INDORSEMENT OF JULY 10. THESE WOMEN HAVE BEEN IN FACT EMPLOYED TWO OR THREE HOURS A DAY ONLY. 2. CHARWOMEN WORKING PART TIME ARE TO "BE PAID AT THE RATE OF 40 CENTS AN HOUR AND HEAD CHARWOMEN AT THE RATE OF 45 CENTS AN HOUR.'. IT IS ASSUMED. THE DATES AND HOURS OF SERVICE RENDERED BY THESE WOMEN WILL BE REQUIRED? (B) CAN PAY BE ALLOWED FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME WHEN SERVICE IS NOT ACTUALLY PERFORMED.

A-3941, JULY 14, 1924, 4 COMP. GEN. 52

CLASSIFICATION OF CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES - CHARWOMEN THE STATEMENT OR CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE COVERING COMPENSATION PAID UNDER THE CLASSIFICATION ACT TO CHARWOMEN WHOSE COMPENSATION IS FIXED BY SAID ACT AT A RATE PER HOUR SHOULD SHOW THE NUMBER OF DAYS ON WHICH SERVICE WAS ACTUALLY RENDERED DURING THE PERIOD COVERED BY THE PAYMENT, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS OF SERVICE ACTUALLY RENDERED, AND THE NUMBER OF DAYS, IF ANY, ON ANNUAL OR SICK LEAVE.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL GINN TO THE SECRETARY OF WAR, JULY 14, 1924:

I HAVE YOUR INDORSEMENT OF JULY 10, 1924, REQUESTING DECISION OF THE QUESTIONS PRESENTED BY THE SURGEON GENERAL IN A LETTER DATED JUNE 24, 1924, AS FOLLOWS:

1. FOR MANY YEARS, INCLUDING THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR EXPIRING THE 30TH INSTANT, APPROPRIATION HAS BEEN MADE BY LAW FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHARWOMEN IN THIS OFFICE AT THE STATUTORY PAY OF $240 A YEAR EACH (PLUS "BONUS" IN RECENT YEARS). THESE WOMEN HAVE BEEN IN FACT EMPLOYED TWO OR THREE HOURS A DAY ONLY.

2. UNDER THE CLASSIFICATION LAW OF 1923, ACT MARCH 4, 1923, AS CONFIRMED FOR THIS OFFICE BY THE WAR DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATION FOR 1925, APPROVED THE 7TH INSTANT, CHARWOMEN WORKING PART TIME ARE TO "BE PAID AT THE RATE OF 40 CENTS AN HOUR AND HEAD CHARWOMEN AT THE RATE OF 45 CENTS AN HOUR.' NO ONE OF THE 4 NOW ON THE ROLLS HAS BEEN DESIGNATED OR CAN PROPERLY BE REGARDED AS "HEAD" CHARMAN. THEY MUST, IT IS ASSUMED, GO TO THE PAY ROLLS OF THIS OFFICE FROM AND AFTER THE FIRST PROXIMO ON THE BASIS OF 40 CENTS AN HOUR, AS PRESCRIBED IN THE CLASSIFICATION LAW. SEVERAL QUESTIONS ARISE IN THAT CONNECTION:

(A) WHAT FORM OF STATEMENT OR CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE SHOWING, FOR EXAMPLE, THE DATES AND HOURS OF SERVICE RENDERED BY THESE WOMEN WILL BE REQUIRED?

(B) CAN PAY BE ALLOWED FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME WHEN SERVICE IS NOT ACTUALLY PERFORMED, AS, FIRST, FOR SUNDAYS OR HOLIDAYS; SECOND, FOR ANNUAL LEAVE, AND IF SO, HOW MANY HOURS OR DAYS; THIRD, FOR ABSENCES ON ACCOUNT OF SICKNESS, AND IF SO, FOR HOW MANY HOURS OR DAYS?

THE QUESTIONS PRESENTED ARE ANSWERED AS FOLLOWS:

(A) THE STATEMENT OR CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE SHOULD SHOW THE NUMBER OF DAYS ON WHICH SERVICE WAS ACTUALLY RENDERED DURING THE PERIOD COVERED BY THE PAYMENT, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS OF SERVICE ACTUALLY RENDERED DURING SAID PERIOD, AND THE NUMBER OF DAYS, IF ANY, ON ANNUAL OR SICK LEAVE.

(B) PAY CAN NOT BE ALLOWED FOR SUNDAYS OR HOLIDAYS EXCEPT FOR SERVICE ACTUALLY RENDERED ON SAID DAYS. IF THE EMPLOYEE IS PERMANENTLY EMPLOYED, LEAVE OF ABSENCE WITH PAY MAY BE GRANTED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 7 OF THE ACT OF MARCH 15, 1898, 30 STAT. 316, AS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 24, 1899, 30 STAT. 890, AND REGULATIONS MADE IN PURSUANCE THEREOF, THE AMOUNT OF PAY TO BE ALLOWED FOR THE PERIOD OF SUCH ABSENCE TO BE THE AMOUNT WHICH THE EMPLOYEE WOULD HAVE RECEIVED IF NOT ON LEAVE AND WORKING THE NUMBER OF HOURS USUALLY REQUIRED EACH WORKING DAY DURING THE PERIOD OF ABSENCE, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE LEAVE BE ANNUAL LEAVE OR SICK LEAVE. SEE DECISION OF JULY 14, 1924, TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY.