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Blog Posts in March, 2013

  • The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Should Consider a Number of Factors When Considering Disability Retirement

    As a federal employee attorney who deals with reasonable accommodations and OPM disability retirement, I am often frustrated when OPM denies an employee’s application for OPM disability retirement on the ground that, “there is no evidence that the disability resulted in any deficiencies of performance, conduct, and/or attendance at work.” Unfortunately, despite a requirement that OPM consider ...
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  • The Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC Wins Reconsideration Appeal for Client Suffering from Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

    BRR began experiencing psoriasis of the groin/pelvic area and psoriatic arthritis of the joints in June 2009. BRR’s health quickly deteriorated and he soon found himself confined to his bed 16+ hours per day as a result of the grueling symptoms associated with these medical conditions, including but not limited to, constant tearing and exacerbation of the skin in the affected areas, and severe ...
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  • Houston VA Nurse Tech Gets Her 7 Day Suspension Removed, Over $10,000 Back Pay and Attorney Fees

    The Law Office of Eric L. Pines, PLLC successfully litigated a Title 38 Veterans Administration Nurse Technologist’s grievance arbitration at the Houston VA. Attorney Eric Pines successfully handled the seven-day arbitration for a complete win. The employee was suspended for seven days and taken off her weekend shift for taking a video of her co-worker who was allegedly sleeping on duty. The VA ...
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  • The Types of Damages Available in a Federal Discrimination Case

    One of the first questions federal employees who believe they have been discriminated against often ask me as an experienced federal employment discrimination attorney, is how much they stand to receive in damages and what kind of damages are available. Although these are pertinent questions, it isn’t easy to give straightforward answers given the complexity of the compensation equation. ...
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  • Reasonable Accommodation Does Not Apply to Looking After a Disabled Spouse

    When you are suffering from a condition that makes it difficult for you to perform the essential functions of your position you are entitled to a reasonable accommodation from a federal agency . But that duty to make a reasonable accommodation doesn’t cover making an accommodation to look after the spouse of a federal worker, a recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hearing has reiterated. ...
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