| 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 | 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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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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| Read Time: 3 minutes | Federal Employee Rights

Examples of Retaliation in the Federal Workplace

What Is Retaliation? In the context of a federal workplace, and as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEO retaliation is when an employer punishes, penalizes, or retaliates against an employee who participates in a EEO protected activity, such as participating in an EEO process or “reasonably opposing conduct made unlawful by an EEO law.” Retaliation is...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | Federal Employee Rights

Can You Sue Your Federal Employer?

Sovereign Immunity & the FTCA Just as an employee of a private company can bring a lawsuit against their employer (such as in cases where they are injured in the workplace or are the victim of workplace discrimination), so, too, can a federal employee. However, the process by which a federal employee can sue the federal government is a...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | COVID-19

Were Federal Employees Illegally Denied COVID-19 Hazard Pay?

Recently, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of federal employees who failed to receive hazardous duty pay and hazard overtime pay after working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Government Executive, the lawsuit had been in legal limbo since March 2020 because a federal appeals court was considering a similar lawsuit. Qualifying for the...

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Can Federal Employees Sue for Unpaid Wages?

An honest day’s work deserves an honest day’s pay, and anything less is wrong—plain and simple. Recently, a restaurant owner in Austin, Texas failed to pay his employees after his business closed unexpectedly. According to KVUE, an ABC affiliate in Austin, an ex-employee who was the event coordinator and floor manager for Simi Estiatorio, a now-closed local restaurant, claims...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | COVID-19

Employees with Disabilities: Know Your Rights About COVID-19 Vaccinations

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely shifted the workplace for employees across the country. Federal employees are required to take the COVID-19 vaccination to stop the spread of the virus. However, there are a few exceptions for employees with certain religious beliefs and disabilities. Our federal employment law attorneys explain what requirements are needed for a disabled employee to be...

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