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All In the Family

By on November 7, 2016 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

Accepting reimbursement for services that were actually paid for by a relative leads to a federal employee’s removal.

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D.C. Circuit Disagrees with DOJ Handling of FOIA Request

By on November 2, 2016 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

Here is yet another case in which a court has taken issue with an agency’s withholding of information in response to a FOIA request. This time it’s the Department of Justice—the agency responsible for “overseeing” how the government is handling its disclosure obligations.

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AFGE Officer Lies Under Oath to Chief FLRA ALJ While AFGE Locals Continue Corruption Crimes at Higher Rates Than Ever

By on September 22, 2016 in Court Cases with 32 Comments
AFGE Officer Lies Under Oath to Chief FLRA ALJ While AFGE Locals Continue Corruption Crimes at Higher Rates Than Ever

The author looks at a history of court cases involving AFGE and says that they indicate the union has more corruption indictments and convictions than ever before.

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Workforce Disruptions Lead to Removal of 30-Year Employee

By on September 14, 2016 in Court Cases with 71 Comments

Incidents of anger, outbursts and threats in the workplace lead the agency to suspend then fire a long-standing employee.

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Some Case Law Surrounding Excessive Leave

By on September 2, 2016 in Court Cases, Human Resources with 23 Comments

The author says that one of the most time consuming and frustrating tasks for supervisors is dealing with the small number of employees who abuse leave. He describes some of the keys to dealing with these problems as well as some court cases that set precedent for what agencies can and can’t do in dealing with leave and attendance problems.

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‘Job Restructuring’ as a Reasonable Accommodation in Federal Employment (Part 2)

By on September 1, 2016 in Court Cases, Human Resources with 6 Comments

In the second of two series of articles on job restructuring as a reasonable accommodation, the author explores how job restructuring could affect other employees besides the disabled person being accommodated, and examines the limitations on the burden that an agency may place on other employees.

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33 People Charged with Crimes Against the Postal Service Including Mail Theft by Employees

By on August 27, 2016 in Agency News, Court Cases with 10 Comments
33 People Charged with Crimes Against the Postal Service Including Mail Theft by Employees

Crimes against the Postal Service seem rampant in one section of California. 33 people, including a number of Postal Service employees, have been charged with various crimes.

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‘Job Restructuring’ as a Reasonable Accommodation in Federal Employment

By on August 25, 2016 in Court Cases, Human Resources with 4 Comments

In the first of two articles on job restructuring as a reasonable accommodation, the author explores how managers ascertain what an employee’s essential functions of his or her job position are, how to restructure a job position to accommodate an employee, and explores some cases that shed light on how the EEOC and federal courts look at these issues.

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Poor Customer Service Leads to Removal

By on August 17, 2016 in Court Cases with 27 Comments
Poor Customer Service Leads to Removal

An IRS employee who cursed out a taxpayer in front of several witnesses could not persuade the court that his removal was unwarranted.

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The Adjudication of Attendance

By on August 14, 2016 in Court Cases, Human Resources with 46 Comments
The Adjudication of Attendance

The author says that it is a well established fact that managers have the right to establish standards for requiring employee attendance at work. He notes, however, that failure to enforce attendance requirements can result in further attendance problems and lower morale among employees. He says that supervisors should never be afraid to initiate the appropriate action when warranted and cites some cases as precedent for enforcing consistent attendance in the federal workplace.

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