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Supreme Court Makes It Easier to Discipline "Whistleblowers"

By on May 31, 2006 in News with 0 Comments

The US Supreme Court issues a decision that gives employers greater leeway in taking action against a whistleblower when the whistleblower’s actions were part of his official duties as a public employee.

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Making a Defensible Discipline Decision – What Every Federal Manager Absolutely Needs to Know

By on May 31, 2006 in News with 0 Comments

A federal official taking disciplinary action against an employee needs to know the principles involved before initiating the action. Federal employees have numerous avenues of appeal available–any one of which can result in overturning your action.

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Whoops! Wrong Brief Submitted

By on May 30, 2006 in News with 0 Comments

A former federal employee hired an attorney for two cases. Unfortunately for the former fed, the attorney did not make any arguments on the case the court had the authority to review.

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Using National Guard on Border is Good Idea Say Readers–But Pessimism Dominates

By on May 25, 2006 in News with 0 Comments

Immigration policy and problems have become a political lightning rod. There is no lack of opinions on the issue. Most readers think using the National Guard on our borders is a good idea but are pessimistic about the probability of this approach succeeding in resolving the problem.

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Falling Down a Rabbit Hole

By on May 25, 2006 in News with 0 Comments

A federal agency put an employee on leave without pay for 60 days and extended his probationary period. When he was fired, he argued proper procedures were not used as he was no longer a probationary employee.

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Firearms Training in DHS: Trivial or Significant?

By on May 24, 2006 in News with 0 Comments

A change in the agency’s policy for correcting deficiencies in firearms proficiency leads to an unfair labor practice charge. The decision on whether the change was significant or trivial went back and forth through the bureaucratic litigation and ends up with a federal court deciding the change was significant.

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MSPB Upholds Firing of Supervisor for Misconduct

By on May 23, 2006 in News with 0 Comments

The MSPB overturns the finding of an administrative judge and upholds the removal of a federal manager for misconduct toward a female employee.

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TSP Funds Drop Along with the Stock Market

By on May 23, 2006 in News with 0 Comments

Stocks have been having a rough month. How are your funds doing? Here is a quick summary.

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Alternate Discipline: A Useful Tool

By on May 22, 2006 in News with 0 Comments

What is “alternative discipline” of a federal employee and how is it implemented?

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Falsification of Compensation Form Leads to Removal and Conviction of 17-Year Federal Employee

By on May 19, 2006 in News with 0 Comments

An employee with 17 years of federal service was convicted for making a falst statement to obtain compensation. He also lost his job and a court upholds the removal.

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