| Read Time: 3 minutes | FERS Disability

How to Apply for FERS Disability Retirement

As a federal employee, you are entitled to certain benefits. The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) provides retirement annuities if you cannot work because of a disability. To qualify, you must have been employed for at least 18 months and submit your application within one year of separation. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will review your application...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | EEO Disability Disability Discrimination

Four Tips to Win an EEOC Complaint

When you experience workplace discrimination, you may wonder what options you have for justice. One option is to file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In 2018, the EEOC received over 200,000 field office queries and resolved 90,558 charges of discrimination. These numbers may make you think, What are the chances of winning an EEOC case? Is...

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| Read Time: 6 minutes | Federal Employee Rights

How the Douglas Factors Can Protect Federal Employees

In 1981, seven people were fired by four different government agencies. Each believed that the punishment far outweighed the crime. Initially, the MSPB (Merit Systems Protection Board) disagreed, but upon further review, it realized these people were correct. The outcome of Curtis Douglas vs. Veterans Administration was the Douglas Factors. For immediate assistance from our experienced MSPB lawyers, contact...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | FERS Disability

Calculating FERS Disability Retirement Pay for Federal Employees

The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is one of two federal government personnel systems. That said, almost all federal employees fall under FERS. However, you may not know how to calculate your FERS retirement benefits.  The good news is that you can follow a simple formula when calculating your FERS retirement benefits. There is no need to buy a...

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| Read Time: < 1 minutes | In the News

How to Systemize Business Deliverables

Attorney Eric Pines Discusses the Process of Personalizing the Customer’s Experience on the Win Win Podcast Houston, TX [October 4th, 2022] — In early October, founding attorney Eric Pines appeared on the Win Win Podcast, a show for the entrepreneurial community that discusses several business management topics. For this 30-minute episode, Eric talks about what it’s like to have unique deliverables for...

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| Read Time: 4 minutes | MSPB

How to File and Win an MSPB Appeal

Unlike private sector employees, virtually all federal employees have the right to appeal adverse actions taken against them. If you want to appeal an adverse action – such as a removal/termination, demotion, suspension longer than 14 days denial of Within-Grade Increases (WIGI) – then you may need to file a Merit Systems Protection Board appeal (MSPB) to challenge the...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | Federal Employee Rights

Biden Administration Updating Unvaccinated Federal Employee Testing Requirements

Recently, the Biden administration updated testing requirements for federal employees. The new guidelines from the government do not mandate COVID-19 screening tests for unvaccinated federal workers. Consequently, unvaccinated federal employees do not need to undergo testing because of their vaccination status. Instead, all federal employees, both unvaccinated and vaccinated, are subject to the same safety protocols. However, the Biden...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | Federal Employee Rights

Veterans Affairs (VA) PIP Settlement Overview

What Was This Lawsuit About? In September 2017, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National VA Council (NVAC) filed a National Grievance against Veteran Affairs (VA) for failing to provide performance improvement plans (PIP) to AFGE bargaining unit employees (BUE) before taking performance-based adverse action. Providing PIPs is necessary under Article 27, Section 10 of the 2011 Master Agreement. VA...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Disabled Government Employees

Does a Reduced Work Schedule Qualify as a Reasonable Accommodation?

Federal employers must provide workers with reasonable accommodation if they have a qualifying disability. There are many accommodation options available, depending on the severity of the disability and other factors. For example, disabled employees can request telecommuting or work from home, and they can also request physical accommodations in the workplace. Another common request employees ask for is a...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | Federal Employee Rights

Suspensions | Federal Employee Rights

Suspensions are generally used as a disciplinary measure and often affect a federal employee’s duty or pay. Depending on the offense, suspensions can be temporary or indefinite. If you are facing such a suspension, you still have legal rights. You are not forced to blindly accept this action. In this article, our Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) lawyers will...

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