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Circuit Court Slams FLRA Again, Vindicates Pizzella’s Dissents

By on January 19, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Circuit Court Slams FLRA Again, Vindicates Pizzella’s Dissents

The author discusses a recent case involving the FLRA which he says is the latest in a series that has done great damage to the labor relations program.

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A Conviction By Any Other Name…

By on January 18, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
A Conviction By Any Other Name…

A federal law enforcement official could not persuade the appeals court to overturn his removal stemming from his conviction on a Virginia felony charge for possession with intent to distribute.

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Proving Retaliation is ‘In Reprisal For’ Blowing the Whistle

By on January 17, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Proving Retaliation is ‘In Reprisal For’ Blowing the Whistle

The author discusses the steps federal employees must take to prove retaliation by their agencies against them for blowing the whistle.

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Some Things Should Be Kept From the Boss

By on December 21, 2016 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

The appeals court has thrown out an arbitration decision upholding removal of a Department of Defense teacher, finding her due process was violated when the chain of command discussed her case.

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Don’t Let E-Mails Delete Your Federal Career

By on November 15, 2016 in Court Cases, Leadership with 0 Comments
Don’t Let E-Mails Delete Your Federal Career

Misuse of email can lead to the end of a federal employee’s career. Here are some tips to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

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All In the Family

By on November 7, 2016 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

Accepting reimbursement for services that were actually paid for by a relative leads to a federal employee’s removal.

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D.C. Circuit Disagrees with DOJ Handling of FOIA Request

By on November 2, 2016 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

Here is yet another case in which a court has taken issue with an agency’s withholding of information in response to a FOIA request. This time it’s the Department of Justice—the agency responsible for “overseeing” how the government is handling its disclosure obligations.

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AFGE Officer Lies Under Oath to Chief FLRA ALJ While AFGE Locals Continue Corruption Crimes at Higher Rates Than Ever

By on September 22, 2016 in Court Cases with 32 Comments
AFGE Officer Lies Under Oath to Chief FLRA ALJ While AFGE Locals Continue Corruption Crimes at Higher Rates Than Ever

The author looks at a history of court cases involving AFGE and says that they indicate the union has more corruption indictments and convictions than ever before.

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Workforce Disruptions Lead to Removal of 30-Year Employee

By on September 14, 2016 in Court Cases with 71 Comments

Incidents of anger, outbursts and threats in the workplace lead the agency to suspend then fire a long-standing employee.

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Some Case Law Surrounding Excessive Leave

By on September 2, 2016 in Court Cases, Human Resources with 23 Comments

The author says that one of the most time consuming and frustrating tasks for supervisors is dealing with the small number of employees who abuse leave. He describes some of the keys to dealing with these problems as well as some court cases that set precedent for what agencies can and can’t do in dealing with leave and attendance problems.

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