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The MSPB Approves Two Nominees To Its Central Panel

As Dick Vitale might say, “The Board is Back, Baby!” After nearly five years in an unprecedented holding pattern, the Senate has (finally!) approved two nominees to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) – the quasi-judicial agency tasked with enforcing merit systems principles and federal employee protections against discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, workplace favoritism and other prohibited personnel actions. New...

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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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| Read Time: 4 minutes | Federal Employee Rights

The Federal Employee Administrative Grievance Process

Workers for any company have rights, and employees of the United States government are no different. When those rights are violated, a specific process is put in place with the aim of bringing about a just resolution. For some government workers, the federal employee administrative grievance process is the means of seeking that just solution. To understand the different...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | FERS

Q&A: OPM Disability Retirement vs. Social Security Disability

Many people have difficulty understanding the difference between OPM disability retirement and Social Security Disability. Whether you have questions about either of these retirement options or don’t know which one you qualify for, our team at Pines Federal has the answers you need. If you have additional questions, get in touch with our team for guidance with your case....

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccines & Religious Exemptions

The recent pandemic has shaken the workplace – especially for federal workers across the country. Federal workers are required to take the COVID-19 vaccination in an attempt to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. However, exemptions are available for workers who have a physical disability or a religion that prevents them from receiving a vaccine. The regulations surrounding religious...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | In the News

Federal Employee Pay Increase Goes into Effect for 2022

Federal employees got some good news recently. On December 22, President Biden issued an executive order effectively confirming a pay raise for government workers. What is the Federal Employee Pay Raise for 2022? As of January 1, 2022, all General Schedule (GS) employees will see their pay increased by 2.2 percent. While Congress does have the authority to halt...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | V.A.

What Is it Like to Work for the VA?

Working for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) provides job security, benefits, and ample opportunity for career advancement. According to Glassdoor, about 68% of VA employees would recommend their position to a friend. The most common benefits of working for the VA include steady employment and good benefits, but the most common drawbacks include employees feeling overworked and...

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| Read Time: < 1 minutes | In the News

Pines Federal Named Among 2021 Best of Georgia Winners

Pines Federal finished as a 2021 Best of Georgia winner in the Employment & Labor Law Firms category. Pines Federal was recently named among the winners of the 2021 Best of Georgia campaign. Pines Federal finished as a Best of Georgia winner in the Employment & Labor Law Firms category. Each year since the inception of the Best of...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | COVID-19

Can Federal Workers Get Fired for Refusing Vaccination?

Both employers and government officials have set strict mandates regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. However, many federal workers oppose these new regulations because it makes it difficult to uphold personal beliefs in the workplace. If you are a federal employee who doesn’t want to follow the mandates requiring you to take the COVID-19 vaccination, you might be wondering if it could...

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| Read Time: < 1 minutes | Federal Employee Rights

Pines Federal wins FAA Employee Right to Display Chanukah Decorations along with Christmas Decorations

Last month, Pines Federal Attorney’s Justin Schnitzer and Amanda Moreno won a precedent setting EEO Case allowing a FAA Employee who attempted to display Chanukah decorations in the office and was asked to take them down by a Union representative. The Administrative Judge found that the employee should have been to allowed at the very least to decorate the...

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