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Off-Duty Fight Leads to Firing

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Violence among Postal Service workers has been a big problem for the agency. When a fight involving a deadly weapon erupted at a union picnic, the agency took action. The employee who was fired appealed because the incident did not occur at work.

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“Lack of Candor” Provides Basis for Firing

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Were this employee’s actions “lack of candor” or “falsification”? The employee sees a difference; the court does not so this DHS employee’s appeal fails.

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The Best Employee Problem Solving Tool in the Box (part 4)

Filed in News by on April 10, 2006 Comments

Here are the possible consequences when providing an employee with a guidance and direction memo.

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Working Toward Retirement?

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An employee who worked for the Navy for 22 years was apparently surprised when he applied for retirement and found he was not eligible.

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How Does an Agency Fire A Fed With a Criminal Conviction?

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Can a federal employee charged with murder be fired? This one was fired for an offense that occurred back in 1999. The action is still being upheld as appeals were filed on various aspects of the case.

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10 Ways to Make Federal Unions More Effective (Part 2)

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How can federal employee unions improve their success when representing employees? Here are observations and suggestions from an experienced management negotiator.

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Partisan Politics Doesn’t Include Office Disputes

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A federal employee fired during her probationary period argued before the MSPB and a court that she was fired based on “partisan politics.” But, as the former VA employee discovered, “partisan politics” is not the same as office politics.

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15.9% Pay Raise? Not in 2007 But It Has Happened

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“Pay parity” for military and civilian employees has been a rallying cry for federal pay increases for the past several years. This year, that is already a reality in proposes pay raises. So, will everyone be happy? Not likely.

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