Tag: Labor Relations

Giving Federal Employee Unions Official Time to Lobby Congress

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on January 21, 2014

Unions have a “duty of fair representation” to those who do not pay dues. The taxpayer should not foot the bill for union representation. Perhaps Congress should require federal employees who are part of the bargaining unit to pay union dues.

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Hot News for 2014: D.C. Circuit Slams FLRA Appropriate Arrangements Decisions

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on January 5, 2014

In a January 3, 2014 decision, the Federal Circuit stated: “As explained in this opinion, by adopting two inconsistent interpretations of the same statutory language, the Authority has acted arbitrarily and capriciously”. This deals the FLRA, only back in operation since mid-December, a stinging rebuke on arguably its most extensive political tool, the determination as to what is or isn’t an “appropriate arrangement.”

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A Must Read: MSPB’s Clean Record Settlement Report

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on December 10, 2013

Federal Agency advocates, attorneys, HR advisors and adverse action decision makers should make a point of reading the MSPB’s new report titled Clean Record Settlement Agreements and the Law. The report identifies the pitfalls involved in making deals with employees in which the Agency agrees to expunge negative information from an employee’s record in return for a resignation.

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MSPB Asks For Opinions on Changing its Regulations. Agency Reps Pay Attention!

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on November 14, 2013

MSPB announced on 11/8/2013 that it planned to change the way it adjudicates jurisdiction claims by altering its regulations. The Author suggests that anyone involved in appeals before the Board should read this article and respond to the Board’s request for comments by practitioners. As a part of its effort, the Board has prepared a useful chart called Elements/Issues in MSPB Appeals that is worth reading.

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Serious Mistakes in OPM Guidance on Shutdown Furloughs

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on October 15, 2013

The Author points out major mistakes in OPM’s Guidance on Furlough Shutdowns. The Author suggests OPM lacks the career skill base to offer proper information and guidance to Agencies and furloughed workers.

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FLRA Confirmation Hearings: Softball Questions, Vague Answers, No Substance

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on October 8, 2013

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs held hearings on the pending confirmations of all three FLRA nominees on September 25. The author suggests that Federal LR practitioners watch the session which is about 1 ½ hours in length to get an appreciation of how the process works and how almost no discussion of substance took place.

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President Nominates Patrick Pizzella to be FLRA Member

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on August 28, 2013

The Obama White House announced the nomination of Patrick Pizzella as an FLRA Member. The author asks if this will smooth the way for the confirmation of Carol Waller Pope whose nomination has been in limbo for almost a year.

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Military Managers and Federal Unions: Ten Things to Keep in Mind

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on August 15, 2013

If you’re a military manager dealing with employees represented by a union, the minefields are common and not always where you think they are. The author suggests ten things to do or know that can keep your foot off the pressure plate. Military managers should read this and their advisors should forward them a copy.

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