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Indefinite Suspension of VA Firefighter for Stalking Is Upheld

By on May 23, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Indefinite Suspension of VA Firefighter for Stalking Is Upheld

An arbitrator, and now the appeals court, has upheld the indefinite suspension of a VA employee in connection with several incidents of his “stalking” of female coworkers.

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Federal Labor Relations Authority Issues Landmark Bargaining Decision

By on May 2, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Federal Labor Relations Authority Issues Landmark Bargaining Decision

The newly constituted FLRA has issued a landmark decision to restrict the bargaining obligation between agencies and unions. Here is a summary and analysis.

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Menacing ‘Don’t Mess With Me’ Leads to Firing

By on April 16, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Menacing ‘Don’t Mess With Me’ Leads to Firing

A 22-year Army civil service employee was removed for making “menacing” remarks to her Army supervisor at Fort Gordon, Georgia. See how her appeal came out.

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VA Pharmacist Loses Bid To Overturn Her Removal

By on March 21, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
VA Pharmacist Loses Bid To Overturn Her Removal

The VA Medical Center in Washington, DC successfully defended its decision to fire one of its clinical pharmacists based on three charges.

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New FLRA Fixes ‘Arbitrary and Capricious’ Case Law of Predecessor

By on March 5, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
New FLRA Fixes ‘Arbitrary and Capricious’ Case Law of Predecessor

After previously setting two separate standards for reviewing an arbitrator’s decision, a recent FLRA decision with its new Members complies with a decision of the DC Circuit court. The FLRA is now applying only one “standard.” This case should be required reading for the labor relations community.

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Postmaster Removed for Unacceptable Conduct

By on February 28, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Postmaster Removed for Unacceptable Conduct

An 18-year postal employee who had worked his way up to Postmaster Grade 21 tried unsuccessfully to have his firing overturned by the appeals court.

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Janus V. AFSCME: Effect on Federal Sector Labor Relations

By on February 27, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Janus V. AFSCME: Effect on Federal Sector Labor Relations

A case involving public sector unions is currently being heard by the Supreme Court. How does it affect federal employees?

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Court of Appeals Ruling Protects CFPB Director from At-Will Removal

By on February 26, 2018 in Agency News, Court Cases with 0 Comments
Court of Appeals Ruling Protects CFPB Director from At-Will Removal

An appeals court recently said that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should act with the same degree of independence as other financial regulators.

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50-Count Indictment Leads to Indefinite Suspension at VA

By on January 16, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
50-Count Indictment Leads to Indefinite Suspension at VA

An Atlanta VA employee, indicted by a Federal grand jury on 50 counts of making false statements in connection with performing his official duties, was indefinitely suspended by the agency pending the outcome of the criminal case against him.

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Military Special Victims Counsel Program: Well-intentioned but Constitutionally Flawed

By on December 11, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Military Special Victims Counsel Program: Well-intentioned but Constitutionally Flawed

The author says that while well-intentioned, the military’s use of Special Victim’s Counsels to aid sexual assault victims can create a Constitutional dilemma.

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