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Where do I pursue an appeal of a negative job action?

If you are a civil servant working for the federal government or employee of a company doing government contract work, you enjoy a high level of due process protection against arbitrary punitive action. However, there can be a potential downside in the safety net. The matrix of laws that cover various issues can create so many avenues of possible action that it can boggle the mind.

What are key steps of an MSPB appeal?

The personnel rules that apply to federal government workers and workers for federal contractors amount to what many might consider a bureaucracy within a bureaucracy. As we noted in a post back in September, it can be confusing to know what constitutes an adverse job action. And even when you are sure you've suffered an unfair or illegal practice, it can be difficult to know your legal options without consulting an attorney.

Protective email practices for federal workers

You are reading this so it might be a little hard to imagine the sound, but what do you think of when you read, "Doink. Doink!" Hopefully what comes to mind is the sound effect that plays at the opening of every episode of TVs "Law and Order." And, by association, perhaps what that leads you to recall are the words of the Miranda warning: "Whatever you say may be used against you."

Don't let scare tactics prevent you from protecting your rights

Being mistreated on the job or living in fear that you will get fired out of retaliation for exercising your rights can be incredibly stressful. In addition to the emotional devastation of being harassed or discriminated against, you can also be dealing with the anxiety of being out of a job and unable to care for yourself and your family.

In whistleblower law, standards of evidence make a difference

When a person is charged with a crime, the state must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. That is, the evidence has to be so clear and convincing that a jury or a judge can feel confident the defendant is guilty. The standard is not quite so high in civil cases. Then, all that's required is or a plaintiff to offer a preponderance of evidence. Having 51 percent of the evidence on your side can win the case.

Park Service probe reveals how fear prevents harassment reports

If you are a federal worker in Texas or Georgia who regularly reads this blog, you know our focus is on upholding worker rights as guaranteed by law. Those rights include the right to be free from a broad range of harassment, including sexual harassment. But, as we noted in one of our posts in June, it can be hard to leverage that protection if the general culture in an agency ignores the issues.

Finding the best method to resolve employee disputes

Are you married? Do you live with others? You know that disputes can surface over many things. The same is true of our work lives. It should come as no surprise. We probably spend as much or more time with our coworkers than we do with our families.

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