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MSPB: What is a coerced retirement?
MSPB: What is a coerced retirement?

There are several types of appeals which can be made to the MSPB which are “constructive” in nature. A constructive action occurs when the Agency didn’t actually take an action but can still be held liable as if they took the action. One example of a constructive action is a ...

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  • Federal Employee EEOC: Third-party and Bystander Sexual harassment.

    Most employees do not know that they do not have to be the actual victim of a “sexual harasser” to be harmed by sexual harassment. People who are not ...

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  • The Prejudice against Mental Health.

    The general public is not nearly as sympathetic to disabling mental health conditions as they are to disabling physical conditions. That’s the ...

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  • MSPB: What is a constructive suspension and can it be appealed to the MSPB?

    An increasing number of cases before the Board seem to involve the issue of constructive suspension. What is a constructive suspension? A constructive ...

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  • MSPB: What is a Performance Improvement Period (PIP)?

    An Agency may take action based on performance in two ways – as a performance issue under 5 CFR Part 432 or a conduct issue under 5 C.F.R. Part 752. ...

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  • Federal EEO: EEOC Awards USPS employee $8,000 in failure to accommodate case

    In an August 22, 2007, decision, the Office of Federal Operations (OFO) of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found the USPS liable ...

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  • MSPB: 3 Major Orders from your MSPB Judge

    Over the next couple days, I want to briefly discuss the 3 major orders you will receive from your Judge in an MSPB Hearing. They are: 1) the ...

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  • MSPB: What does it mean for the MSPB to lack jurisdiction over your appeal?

    Even after you appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), your case may be dismissed for “lack of jurisdiction”. This simply means that the ...

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  • OPM Retirement and Powers of Attorney

    If either of these cases sounds like you, please contact the Law Office of Eric L. Pines, PLLC : 1) On behalf of a spouse who was a federal employee, ...

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  • Telecommuting for Federal Employees: An idea whose time is here.

    This Washington Post article highlights another potential change in the federal workforce. This proposed change would require more federal managers to ...

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