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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session – Am I Entitled to a Temporary Promotion?

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.

Q:

I am a current GS-14 Supervisory IT Specialist and recently served as the acting Section Chief (GS-15) for 180 days when my boss left our branch for another position. My Branch Chief says I am not entitled to a temporary raise for the vacant position due to a lack of funding. Am I entitled to a temporary promotion for the period that I acted in the vacant position role? They eventually moved another GS-15 into the vacant position from another branch.

A:

You are entitled to a temporary promotion with the higher pay if you are actually promoted. Temporary promotions without competition are time limited. If you were just detailed, you are not entitled to the higher pay.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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