Bob Gilson

Bob Gilson is a consultant with a specialty in working with and training Federal agencies to resolve employee problems at all levels. A retired agency labor and employee relations director, Bob has authored or co-authored a number of books dealing with Federal issues and also conducts training seminars.

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A Must Read: MSPB’s Clean Record Settlement Report

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on December 10, 2013 Comments

Federal Agency advocates, attorneys, HR advisors and adverse action decision makers should make a point of reading the MSPB’s new report titled Clean Record Settlement Agreements and the Law. The report identifies the pitfalls involved in making deals with employees in which the Agency agrees to expunge negative information from an employee’s record in return for a resignation.

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MSPB Asks For Opinions on Changing its Regulations. Agency Reps Pay Attention!

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on November 14, 2013 Comments

MSPB announced on 11/8/2013 that it planned to change the way it adjudicates jurisdiction claims by altering its regulations. The Author suggests that anyone involved in appeals before the Board should read this article and respond to the Board’s request for comments by practitioners. As a part of its effort, the Board has prepared a useful chart called Elements/Issues in MSPB Appeals that is worth reading.

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Senate Confirms FLRA, OPM Nominees

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on October 31, 2013 Comments

On October 16 and 30, the Senate confirmed the nominations of the Director of the Office of Personnel Management and three members of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

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How Are Agencies Doing Before MSPB?

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on October 26, 2013 Comments

MSPB has published statistics on case handling for the last two years. The numbers for cases before Administrative Judges are remarkably consistent, while full Board cases appear skewed in a different direction. The author suggests advocacy would benefit from some Board studies on the basis for decisions and departure from precedent if indeed such is the case.

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President says “Welcome Back” to Federal Employees; OPM issues Guidance on Back Pay, Etc.

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on October 21, 2013 Comments

The President issued a message welcoming furloughed Federal employees back to work and OPM laid out guidance to employees and Agencies about pay, leave and benefits issues.

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Serious Mistakes in OPM Guidance on Shutdown Furloughs

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on October 15, 2013 Comments

The Author points out major mistakes in OPM’s Guidance on Furlough Shutdowns. The Author suggests OPM lacks the career skill base to offer proper information and guidance to Agencies and furloughed workers.

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OPM Issues New “Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs”

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on October 13, 2013 Comments

On Friday, October 11, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management updated its Furlough Guidance website with new information on furloughs. Please read this article to get information on obtaining the guidance.

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FLRA Confirmation Hearings: Softball Questions, Vague Answers, No Substance

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on October 8, 2013 Comments

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs held hearings on the pending confirmations of all three FLRA nominees on September 25. The author suggests that Federal LR practitioners watch the session which is about 1 ½ hours in length to get an appreciation of how the process works and how almost no discussion of substance took place.

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