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November 2015 Archives

What are my options when challenging disciplinary action?

Working for the government is not like working for a private sector company. There are some who would like to see that change, and perhaps over time some of the conditions that currently separate the two fields may be adjusted. For now, however, the distinctions exist.

Federal workers: Mixing politics and Twitter could mean trouble

Ever since the Hatch Act of 1939, federal workers have had curbs on the things they can do and say regarding their personal political opinions. In general terms, the law limits the role of nonelected government employees in political campaigns.

Justice after OWCP denials may well require dogged persistence

Surf the web to the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs and you learn that the agency's declared mission is "to protect the interests of workers who are injured or become ill on the job, their families and their employers." It says it looks to accomplish that mission through "timely, appropriate and accurate decisions on claims." There's also an affirmation for providing prompt benefit payments.

Unshakable stereotypes likely to mean ongoing age discrimination

Age discrimination in the job market is against the law. It's as simple as that. In 1967, the federal Age Discrimination Employment Act made it illegal for employers to discriminate against workers 40 years and over. Does that mean that it never happens; of course not.

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