Mathew B. Tully, Esq.

Mathew B. Tully is Founding Partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC. He concentrates his practice on representing military personnel and federal government employees. To schedule a meeting with one of the firm’s federal employment law attorneys call (202) 787-1900. The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.

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Settlements Drive Spike in Monetary Benefit Awards from EEO Complaints

Filed in News by on September 22, 2014 Comments

Even though the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found discrimination in a below-average number of federal sector cases in fiscal year 2012, agencies ended up paying more to resolve employees’ formal and informal discrimination complaints in that year than in any other year in at least the past decade.

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad – I Just Cost You Your Security Clearance

Filed in News by on June 11, 2014 Comments

Fathers who work for the federal government or for defense contractors make many sacrifices for their children. But sometimes their children can cost them their security clearance. The author explains why this is the case.

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Government Pays the Price for Making Fed Employees Depressed

Filed in News by on May 20, 2014 Comments

When employees are not happy, employers – often unwittingly – pay the price. The author says that federal agency managers must not lose sight of this as they strive to operate with smaller and smaller budgets.

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Fat Shaming Is Inappropriate in the Federal Workplace, Sometimes Harassment

Filed in News by on March 6, 2014 Comments

The author says it is becoming increasingly dangerous to criticize people’s weight. He says federal employees need to consider at what point it becomes unlawful harassment or retaliation when they encounter it in the workplace.

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Inadequate Resources Are Turning Fed Employees into MacGyvers

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

The author says that federal employees are being asked to do more with less and that it is starting to have a negative effect on performance and morale.

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No Paid Sick or Annual Leave. What About FMLA Leave for Excepted Employees?

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

How does FMLA leave work during a government shutdown for excepted employees? The author offers some details.

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OSC: Whistleblower Disclosures “Skyrocketed”

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

Federal employee whistleblowing activity has reached screeching levels, with the government’s watchdog agency, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), seeing a surge of new disclosures of wrongdoing in fiscal year 2012.

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Bad Press Aggravates Agencies and Penalty Decisions

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on June 6, 2013 Comments

The author says that because of the MSPB’s “Douglas Factors,” federal employees that damage an agency’s reputation can face demotion or removal and says this could come into play in the recent IRS scandal.

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