B-170182(2), JUL. 24, 1970

B-170182(2): Jul 24, 1970

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HAMPTON: THIS IS IN REFERENCE TO YOUR LETTER DATED JULY 16. REQUESTING ADVICE AS TO WHETHER THERE IS ANY LEGAL OBJECTION TO THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED INSTRUCTIONS TO BE ISSUED UNDER THE COORDINATED FEDERAL WAGE SYSTEM ON PAYMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL DIFFERENTIALS (DIFFERENTIALS FOR SUCH CONDITIONS AS PHYSICAL HARDSHIP. ENVIRONMENTAL DIFFERENTIAL IS INCLUDED AS PART OF THE EMPLOYEE'S BASIC RATE OF PAY AND SHALL BE USED TO COMPUTE PREMIUM PAY (OVERTIME. THE AMOUNT FROM WHICH RETIREMENT DEDUCTIONS ARE MADE AND ON WHICH GROUP LIFE INSURANCE IS BASED.". THE CONSIDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL DIFFERENTIAL AS BASIC RATE OF PAY FOR THE PURPOSES INDICATED IS CONSISTENT WITH THE VIEWS OF OUR OFFICE RELATING TO NIGHT DIFFERENTIAL.

B-170182(2), JUL. 24, 1970

TO MR. HAMPTON:

THIS IS IN REFERENCE TO YOUR LETTER DATED JULY 16, 1970, REQUESTING ADVICE AS TO WHETHER THERE IS ANY LEGAL OBJECTION TO THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED INSTRUCTIONS TO BE ISSUED UNDER THE COORDINATED FEDERAL WAGE SYSTEM ON PAYMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL DIFFERENTIALS (DIFFERENTIALS FOR SUCH CONDITIONS AS PHYSICAL HARDSHIP, HAZARD, AND "DIRTY WORK"), AS RECOMMENDED BY THE NATIONAL WAGE POLICY COMMITTEE:

"RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER PAY. ENVIRONMENTAL DIFFERENTIAL IS INCLUDED AS PART OF THE EMPLOYEE'S BASIC RATE OF PAY AND SHALL BE USED TO COMPUTE PREMIUM PAY (OVERTIME, HOLIDAY, OR SUNDAY WORK), THE AMOUNT FROM WHICH RETIREMENT DEDUCTIONS ARE MADE AND ON WHICH GROUP LIFE INSURANCE IS BASED."

THE CONSIDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL DIFFERENTIAL AS BASIC RATE OF PAY FOR THE PURPOSES INDICATED IS CONSISTENT WITH THE VIEWS OF OUR OFFICE RELATING TO NIGHT DIFFERENTIAL, POST DIFFERENTIAL, AND COST-OF-LIVING ALLOWANCES FOR WAGE BOARD EMPLOYEES (36 COMP. GEN. 482), AND WE FIND NO STATUTORY IMPEDIMENT THERETO. ACCORDINGLY, WE HAVE NO LEGAL OBJECTION TO THE INSTRUCTIONS AS PROPOSED.