Mathew B. Tully, Esq.

Mathew B. Tully is a founding partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC. He concentrates his practice on representing federal government employees and military personnel and can be reached at [email protected]. To schedule a meeting with one of the firm’s federal employment law attorneys call 202-787-1900. The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.

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Do Not Let OPM Reduce Your Retirement Benefits Without an Appeal

By on February 22, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Do Not Let OPM Reduce Your Retirement Benefits Without an Appeal

Some retired federal employees were recently notified by OPM that their annuity payments were being reduced. Do they have any appeal options?

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EQUALS Act Doubles Probationary Periods, but Doesn’t Eliminate Rights to Appeal Adverse Actions

By on December 20, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
EQUALS Act Doubles Probationary Periods, but Doesn’t Eliminate Rights to Appeal Adverse Actions

Although new legislation would double the probationary period for new federal employees if it becomes law, these employees still would have appeal options.

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Documentation is Key for Federal Employees Taking Prescription Opioids

By on December 14, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Documentation is Key for Federal Employees Taking Prescription Opioids

Federal employees who take prescription opioids are facing tougher scrutiny. Here is important information to remember for mandatory drug testing.

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Executive Order Narrows the Scope for Labor Negotiations at Federal Agencies

By on November 20, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Executive Order Narrows the Scope for Labor Negotiations at Federal Agencies

The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations no longer exists. Where does this leave federal employee unions and the workers they represent?

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A Pending Supreme Court Case Calls Constitutionality of Administrative Law Judges’ Decisions into Question

By on October 23, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
A Pending Supreme Court Case Calls Constitutionality of Administrative Law Judges’ Decisions into Question

Are administrative law judges allowed to issue final decisions in adjudicative and administrative hearings? The Supreme Court is looking at the issue.

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Official Time Bill Adds Paperwork for Union Reps and Headaches for OPM

By on September 28, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Official Time Bill Adds Paperwork for Union Reps and Headaches for OPM

The author says a proposed bill on official time reporting may offer some benefit, but does so at the expense of added paperwork and managerial challenges.

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No Quorum Means No Movement on MSPB Appeals

By on September 7, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
No Quorum Means No Movement on MSPB Appeals

The lack of a quorum at the MSPB means the agency cannot issue any new decisions, likely leading to a backlog of appeals.

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Making Federal Employees ‘At-Will’ Would Limit Their Legal Recourse

By on August 13, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Making Federal Employees ‘At-Will’ Would Limit Their Legal Recourse

Legislation has been introduced to make employment of future federal employees “at-will.” The author explains the legal implications of this proposed change.

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Supreme Court Reaffirms Where Federal Employees Can Appeal ‘Mixed Case’ Claims

By on July 17, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Reaffirms Where Federal Employees Can Appeal ‘Mixed Case’ Claims

The Supreme Court recently clarified how “mixed cases” will be handled in courts for federal employees.

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Follow the Rules Act Broadens Whistleblower Protections

By on June 27, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Follow the Rules Act Broadens Whistleblower Protections

The Follow the Rules Act is a new law that may provide extra protections to federal employees who become whistleblowers. This is a summary of the new law.

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