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Federal employees should be aware Inaugural ethics restrictions

For federal employees in the Washington, D.C. area, many inaugural events will be held over the next few weeks. As federal employees, they need to be aware of certain ethical constraints that come with the job. While many of inaugural events may pose no ethical questions for workers, some conflicts could occur. No federal employee wants to be subject to an investigation or discipline because they attended the wrong party or accepted one too many drinks.

OPM offers advice for federal administrative furloughs

As last-minute negotiations between the White House and Senate Republicans appear to be proceeding with little likelihood of success, the automatic cuts to federal spending, known as sequestration will begin on January 2, 2013.

New study on whistleblowing released by MSPB

When problems occur within a federal agency, we always hope the culture of the agency supports the reporting of the waste, fraud or gross mismanagement by the employees. A study by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) finds there is still work needed to achieve this goal.

New MSPB hearing regulations go into effect

U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has completed a substantial revision to its adjudicatory regulations for federal employee's hearings. The revision process began in early 2011 and the final rule was published on October 12, 2012. The effective date of the rule is November 13, 2012.

Should we pass a national Whistleblower Protection Act?

An organization that helps whistleblowers has set up a petition to encourage Congress to pass a law that would protect all whistleblowers throughout the nation. Of special interest is the whistleblowing protection for federal employees.

EEOC Seeks to Educate Teens on Workplace Rights

Employers can take advantage of vulnerable employees in a number of ways. In a perfect world, all employers would respect the people who devote time and effort in service of their enterprise. However, employees are regularly subjected to various forms of employment discrimination; especially those employees who belong to protected classes or are otherwise more vulnerable than their fellow workers.

Texas migrant workers allege mistreatment by agribusiness giant

According to a group of Texas migrant workers, the Monsanto Company, a leader in agribusiness, paid the workers substandard wages and did not follow through with promises they had made. The workers have filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging violations of their employee rights.

Businesses must recognize employee rights under FMLA

Employees in the Dallas area may be interested to know that, if they work for a business employing at least 50 individuals, it is likely that they are protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act. This act requires businesses to make certain employee rights known to its workers.

Supreme Court ruling impacts federal employee's path to dispute dismissals

Federal employees in Dallas who did not sign up for the military draft or those who have been fired because they did not sign up will be interested in a recent Supreme Court ruling regarding this very situation. The case that prompted the ruling was brought by a man who was hired by the Internal Revenue Service in 1991. In 2002, he was a candidate for a promotion. However, the IRS performed a background check, and at that time, they determined the man never signed up for the Selective Service. The man claimed he was unaware of the requirement, but he was later fired anyway.

Wage theft by employers increasing nationwide

Most Americans would agree that our country is in the middle of a serious economic struggle. Jobs are hard to find, and those that are available often do not pay decent wages. The circumstances are made even worse when employers skim money from their workers' wages. This violation of employee rights seems to be a phenomenon that has become a problem nationwide. Wage theft may be done through stealing tips from servers, denying overtime pay for hours worked and even failing to pay minimum wage.

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