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What process is due under federal job due process rules?

The concept of due process enjoys a long history. It's been around since before the United States began and is preserved as a core constitutional value in Texas and every other state. It is perhaps most associated with how the government is supposed to treat individuals suspected of criminal or civil wrongdoing to ensure quality of justice.

Despite the recognized value of promoting due process in the broad scope of matters, it was only in 1912 that it began to be applied to federal employment. That's when the first U.S. law took effect saying that workers could not be removed from a job without specific steps being followed for the protection of rights.

Park Service 'Culture of sexual harassment' draws lawmaker fire

The National Park Service is a proud institution. Created in 1916, it claims oversight of operations covering 84 million acres of land. The sites include historical and wilderness parks, monuments, battlefields and more in Texas, Georgia and other states.

In 2015, more than 300 million visitors took in the sights at parks around the country. Helping them get the most out of those visits were more than 20,000 employees. Unfortunately, while front-line staffers have helped open the eyes of millions of tourists, Congress says upper management has turned a blind eye to internal problems and that a culture of sexual harassment now runs deep in the agency.

Reverse discrimination in the workplace: What it is - and what to do about it.


When most people think of discrimination in the workplace, they imagine a scenario in which a supervisor who is a member of a "majority" group takes adverse action against an employee who is a member of a "minority" group. This type of discrimination is common, illegal, and wrong.

But it is important to remember that the law protects all individuals from discrimination in the workplace. Even if that discrimination is considered to be reverse discrimination

Drug and alcohol policies can work against job applicants

While the national job market appears to be slowing, there are still a number of people still seeking work. The monthly jobs report may not account for the number of temporary, seasonal jobs that have already been filled, as well as the many parents who choose not to work because their children are out of school.

Nevertheless, there may be skilled job applicants who may be unfairly denied opportunities because of prior drug and alcohol convictions.  

What treatment for dog bite can involve

A couple of weeks ago, we offered up an item about what might seem to be a rather mundane issue – the rate of U.S. Postal Service carriers attacked by dogs. Many might be surprised by the statistics in the latest annual report by the USPS on this subject. Officials reported 6,549 dog attacks in 2015. The scope of the kinds of injuries that may have been suffered wasn't delved into, but the number itself is significant.

As we observed in that entry, dog attacks on people are so common that they almost go unnoticed. About the only time they attract attention is if the victim is a child, the dog is a pit bull or the injuries suffered are life threatening. But as anyone in Texas, Georgia, or elsewhere who has been an attack victim can attest, recovery after an attack can require significant time and medical resources. Whenever a federal worker needs workers' compensation benefits, the process can be eased with the help of an experienced attorney.

Workers' compensation benefits for federal employees


Are you a federal employee who has been injured at work? If so, you may be entitled to federal workers' compensation benefits.

For federal employees, workers' compensation is handled by the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).

Dog attacks not a thing of the past for postal carriers

In the news business, "Dog bites man" isn't considered a catchy headline. If it reads, "Man bites dog" – now you've got something. We doubt anyone in Texas, Georgia or anywhere else in the country has seen such a headline and we doubt you ever will. But there are plenty of sad instances in which human beings suffer devastating injuries due to vicious dog attacks. Among those victims are carriers of the U.S. Postal Service.

According to a recent report by the USPS, workers suffered more than 6, 500 dog attacks in 2016. Houston proved to be the No. 1 city in the country for such attacks on postal workers. Dallas tied with Chicago in third place in a ranking of 51 cities.

Report suggests respect is key to government worker morale

It may not be as simple as saying that government managers should try to practice the golden rule. But a new report suggests that execution of such a policy might go some way toward improving the work environments of a lot of government agencies.

As readers of this blog surely know; whether they are in Texas, Georgia, Washington, D.C., or anywhere else in the country; the tenet we're talking about here is framed by the line, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Another way of saying that might be, "Give those who work for you the same respect you expect them to give to you."

What does the new OT rule from DOL mean for workers?

New rules just finalized by the Department of Labor hold the promise of there being a little extra in the paychecks of a lot of workers. Many in Texas, Georgia and elsewhere in the country may be of the notion that the new rules only apply to government employees, but that is not the case. Considering that employee rights for federal workers and private sector employees are affected, it seems appropriate to offer this view of the new rule.

To begin with, it is important to note that the new rule is not something that is cookie-cutter-like in its application. The DOL estimates that as many as 4.2 million workers who now are salaried could see a benefit from the rule. But the final number will depend on how employers respond, and they have a number of different options.

What federal employee laws bar discrimination?

Readers of this blog in Texas, Atlanta, Washington or anywhere else in the country will appreciate that operating in the realm of the federal work force takes a special kind of person. It also takes a unique level of patience and awareness about bureaucracy, administrivia and, most importantly, the law.

Everyone is surely aware of the array of employment laws that have been enacted for the protection of private sector employees. The list grows even longer, however, in the federal workforce environment. There is good reason for that. Favoritism and self-protectionism have long been staples of the hiring and advancement processes in government employment. That hasn't worked out too well for achieving effective government service and Congress has responded at various times with laws to protect government employees.

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