Court Cases

Change in the SF-50 Does Not Bestow Appeal Rights

By on February 3, 2016 in Court Cases, Current Events with 3 Comments

A reemployed annuitant could not “create” appeal rights by having her previous agency change the type of her retirement. See why.

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Legislation Introduced to Bolster Rights of Federal Employees Serving in Sensitive Positions

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

Two Members of Congress have introduced legislation that is intended to protect certain due process rights of federal employees serving in security sensitive positions.

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Should the FEHB Be Required to Cover Speech-Generating Devices for the Hearing Impaired?

By on January 25, 2016 in Court Cases, Current Events with 22 Comments

A recent lawsuit unsuccessfully sought a ruling ordering OPM to require, rather than just encourage, FEHB insurers to cover certain equipment for the hearing impaired.

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The First Amendment and Public Employees: Supreme Court Reconsiders Limitations

The First Amendment and Public Employees: Supreme Court Reconsiders Limitations

Federal employees can join a union and pay dues, or they can decide not to join and save their money. Many public sector employees do not have this option. The Supreme Court takes another look at public employees and mandatory union fees. What impact will this case have on federal employees?

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Justice Department Must Turn Over Documents to U.S. House Committee

By on January 20, 2016 in Court Cases with 276 Comments
Justice Department Must Turn Over Documents to U.S. House Committee

Having to resort to federal court to get the Justice Department to turn over documents, the U.S. District Court has now ordered the Attorney General to cough them up to the House Committee in response to its subpoena for the documents.

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

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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FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement: The Importance of Recognizing the Laws to be Applied

By on December 8, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

The author says that filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits is not merely a matter of completing the forms. He says that knowledge of the laws surrounding the process matter and can significantly influence the outcome of any litigation.

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FDIC Attorney Pleads Guilty to Defrauding a Bank

By on November 23, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 9 Comments

An attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was caught playing fast and loose with the facts in order to convince a bank to approve a short sale on her house.

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Federal Rules Trump State Court Domestic Relations Order

By on November 12, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 6 Comments

A federal annuitant finds he cannot change his survivor annuity selection after his retirement date.

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Federal Employees' Right to Disobey Is Becoming Clearer

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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