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Protecting federal workers from political bullying

A doctor knows that to provide a patient the right treatment, it's necessary to have the right diagnosis. The same can be said of addressing legal ailments. Experienced federal employment attorneys dedicated to protecting the due process rights for civil service workers know that the right strategy depends on knowing and understanding the full scope of events behind disciplinary actions pursued by higher ups.

What's best first step making a whistleblower reprisal claim?

Any parent ever called upon in a squeeze to officiate at a child's soccer or baseball game knows that it can be a thankless task. The first time you blow that whistle over an infraction, you run the risk of incurring the wrath of another parent who didn't have the guts to step up at the first call for volunteers.

Freeze could send more than shivers through federal workforce

The recent change in government isn't unusual. That doesn't mean it is without its wrinkles. While President Trump's executive order freezing hiring is something anyone could expect, the level of confusion resulting is more unsettling. While some agencies reportedly are exempt, the order's lack of detail is ginning up confusion for workers in those same agencies and others across the country.

Is federal employee resistance wise in the Trump universe?

The Uniform Code of Military Justice in the United States makes clear that a service person's duty is to "obey any lawful general order or regulation." Failing to do so can mean a court-martial and dire consequences. The key word in that bit of code is "lawful." Many legal observers would argue that if a service person is obliged to follow a lawful order, he or she has an equal obligation to disregard an unlawful order. They might also argue that the same rule applies to civilian federal employees in Texas and elsewhere in the system.

Revived Congressional rule sends chill through federal ranks

Some supporters call it a minor adjustment that simply restores constitutional powers of the purse Congress. Other supporters say it could prove to be a positive step toward curbing rising federal bureaucracy. Opponents warn it threatens efforts to protect the rights of federal workers against the political whims of elected officials.

Do some federal workers have reason to fear the president-elect?

Change is something federal workers face all the time. Every four years –perhaps every eight – a new president takes office. Come this January, not only is the White House changing out of the Democratic hands, it is shifting to the hands of a Republican noted for being inscrutable.

Sex harassment and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The midshipmen at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy march in formation just like those at U.S military service academies even though it's run by the Transportation Department. According to its own website, the academy turns out male and female officers of "exemplary character" to serve in the commercial and military transport industry.

Facing a federal employment dispute: Swiftly intervene

There are a great many avenues available to federal workers for the protection of their jobs. There are so many, in fact, that a worker in Texas or elsewhere in the country who is subject of investigation can easily get stymied trying to decide which route to take. The tangle of courses can be so confusing that it delays action. Too often, action delayed is opportunity missed.

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