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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Court Finds Jurisdiction, But Denies Veteran’s Preference Claims in Dean v. Department of Labor

Filed in News by on December 20, 2015 Comments

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that a veteran did not have his veterans’ preference rights violated by the Department of Labor when he applied, but was not considered for, a position as a Recent Graduate Wage and Hour Specialist pursuant to the President’s Pathways Program.

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Federal Employees’ Right to Disobey Is Becoming Clearer

Filed in News by on November 4, 2015 Comments

Feeling defiant? Good, because there is a growing body of Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) case law on the little known “right-to-disobey” rule from the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA).

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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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