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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. The Douglas Factors is a set of twelve rules...

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TSA Obtains MSPB Rights

Exciting News: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has now obtained MSPB Rights! The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and AFGE have been arguing for the past 20 years for full appeals rights before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). This past week American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)—announced that it has achieved victory. “As of Sept. 26, TSA officers will...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | Federal Employee Rights

What Is the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)?

Federal employees are required to follow specific requirements as personnel of the U.S. government. When the government believes that an employee failed to follow their requirements as a federal employee, the government may issue a suspension, demotion, termination, retaliation, or other matters. If a federal employee feels that the government’s disciplinary actions are unfair or wrongful, they may file...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Federal Employee Rights

What Happens to Workers Who Don’t Comply with the Federal Vaccine Mandate?

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring all federal employees to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. Federal workers must be fully vaccinated by November 22, or have received their final dose or a single Johnson & Johnson shot by November 8. Although many federal agencies and organizations have attempted to challenge the legality of the...

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Can Political Opinion Have a Negative Impact in the Workplace?

Although having different political opinions has always been welcomed in the United States, recent events that have gained national attention reveal a distinct political divide among Americans. While some people express themselves and voice their opinions, others may be more reserved and do not readily disclose their political beliefs. No matter the case, political affiliations and preferences are within...

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Biden Signs Executive Order Requiring Vaccines for All Federal Workers

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring all federal employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The brief order requires executive branch agencies—excluding the Government Accountability Office—to set up a vaccination program for the workplace. White House Press Secretary Jen Paski said federal workers must be vaccinated within 75 days. Federal employees may obtain a...

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National Guard Press Conference| Workplace Harassment

When our client worked as a dual-status employee for the Wyoming National Guard, she became a new mother. As a result, she experienced intensified harassment and became aware of a pervasive, hostile work environment against women. Because she was a new mom, she was accused of being unable to do her job as a squadron commander. After reporting her...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Federal Employee Rights

5 Workplace Behaviors Federal Employees Should Avoid

Although you are afforded many protections as a federal employee, it is not uncommon for such workers to face discipline and even termination. Workplace violations are often investigated when a federal employee has a disagreement with or is disliked by his/her supervisor.  The following are five potential workplace behaviors federal employees should avoid:  Using the internet for personal use during work hours – Although the workplace policies of many federal...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | COVID-19

Vaccine Mandate for All Federal Workers

On July 29, 2021, the Biden administration announced all federal workers—including service members of the United States military—will be required to show proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19 or otherwise submit to regular testing and wear a mask, as the delta variant has recently caused a significant rise in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths – especially among the unvaccinated.  Additionally, the White House required all employees to...

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What Is a Title 38 Disciplinary Appeals Board?

Title 38 federal employees have different rights than other federal employees. Those employed by the Veterans Administration as a physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, nurse, nurse anesthetist, physician assistant, or an expanded function dental auxiliary (EFDA) are likely under Title 38. Since Title 38 federal employees are not under the same rights as federal employees, they generally cannot appeal personnel...

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