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Why 200,000+ federal employees have limited due process rights

Normally, when federal employees are disciplined, they can take their case to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The MSPB listens to an employee’s claim, weighs it against the agency’s argument and then offers a decision. It’s a step to make sure federal employees are treated fairly. But many employees have long been denied the chance to take their cases to the MSPB.

TIME magazines names federal employees its Guardians of the Year

As 2019 drew toward a close, TIME Magazine offered the American public a rare look at the public servants who keep the nation running. Typically tucked away in their offices and focused on their work, career federal employees bring a wide array of skills and expertise to their jobs. They may serve under multiple administrations, regardless of political affiliations, and they don’t often make the news.

Whistleblowers must be careful with classified materials

Whistleblowers have been in the news a lot of late. Some have received ongoing national attention. Others have seen their cases resolved with almost no fanfare. Some of these whistleblower cases have highlighted the handling of classified materials.

OPM encourages feds to ramp up discipline: 4 things to know

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently released guidance to federal agencies regarding how agencies treat federal employees. Essentially, the guidance encourages federal agencies to take a stricter approach when disciplining federal employees and act to “remove those who fail to preform or to uphold the public’s trust.”

What is illegal retaliation?

In certain situations, federal law forbids employers from retaliating against employees. But what does this mean? It means federal employees can hold their employers accountable when they strike out against employees engaged in protected activities.

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