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[Comments on Use of Court Award to Offset NLRB Award for Backpay and Severance Claims Against Plaintiff]

B-259532: Published: Mar 6, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1995.

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GAO commented on its decision to withhold payment of a court award against the United States to offset a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge's finding that the plaintiff owed back pay and severance to certain of its employees. GAO noted that the offset was proper, since: (1) there was mutuality between the parties; (2) the federal government, as the statutory enforcer of NLRB back pay awards, was the creditor for the purposes for those awards even though the plaintiff's employees were the ultimate beneficiaries; and (3) the back pay claim was liquidated or certain in amount, since it had been reduced to a sum certain by appropriate NLRB officials using a rational methodology.

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