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Continued look at the MSPB: spotlighting informed legal counsel

We highlighted contested employment actions conducted under the auspices of the Merit Systems Protection Board in a recent blog post. We noted in our Devadoss Law Firm April 27 entry that a federal employee suffering from a firing, demotion, suspension or other adverse work outcome has rights that he or she can invoke to contest that adverse result.

When do federal employees deserve hazard pay?

There are many ways in which federal jobs differ from those in the private sector. Some of these differences may come to light when people start talking about which workers are “essential.” When non-essential workers take one path, you and other “essential” federal employees must often take another.

Key takeaways from the Federal #MeToo report

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a constant and upsetting problem across the United States. Federal employees are not immune. In fact, a recent report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found several ways that federal employees have things worse than those in the private sector.

What are my rights and responsibilities under FMLA?

If you or a loved one get so sick that you can’t leave the house, you may need to take some time off. Sometimes you may need to take more time than you have remaining on your sick days. Maybe you can afford to go without pay for a while, but can you afford to lose your job?

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.

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