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MSPB could be hit with thousands of personnel decision appeals

As the deadline for sequestration looms, federal agencies have begun to discuss how they will achieve the mandated five percent across the board budget cuts that will be required on March 1. To achieve these cuts, many federal agencies will use unpaid furloughs, sending employees home and off their payroll.

MSPB report outlines ways to motivate federal employees

Federal employees face many morale and motivational challenges, according to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) findings from a study of the federal workplace environment. The report, entitled, "Federal Employee Engagement: The Motivating Potential of Job Characteristics and Rewards," details how agencies within the federal government can better motivate the employees.

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.

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