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Whistleblowing or Failure to Communicate Properly With Supervisors?

By on May 9, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Whistleblowing or Failure to Communicate Properly With Supervisors?

Here’s a situation where a federal employee received a “counseling memo” following what he apparently considered as a whistleblowing complaint to his agency chain of command. He tried to challenge the informal discipline as retaliation for protected whistleblowing and eventually his case went to the federal appeals court.

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Does Illness Serve as a Qualification for Federal Disability Retirement?

By on April 27, 2017 in Court Cases, Retirement with 0 Comments
Does Illness Serve as a Qualification for Federal Disability Retirement?

To qualify for federal disability retirement, you must have become disabled while working in your position. The author looks at some cases as precedent for providing medical evidence to establish a connection between the illness and ability to perform your job.

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Justices Debate Federal Workers’ Rights in Gorsuch Debut

on April 18, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Justice Neil Gorsuch was an active questioner in his first U.S. Supreme Court oral argument April 17, as the court considered federal employees’ judicial review options under the Civil Service Reform Act.

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Who Says You Cannot Fire a Federal Employee?

By on April 10, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Who Says You Cannot Fire a Federal Employee?

When a deciding official cited an extraordinary lack of productivity in addition to the four reasons laid out in the notice of an employee’s proposed removal, the agency spent nine years cleaning up the mess and finally effecting and defending a removal action.

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Some of Eric Fanning’s Decisions Could Be Subject to Review, Thanks to Recent SCOTUS Ruling

By on April 5, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

A recent Supreme Court decision not only potentially has implications for the NLRB, but also the Army.

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Hiding Contacts with Chinese Intelligence Agents Leads to State Department Employee’s Arrest

By on March 29, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Hiding Contacts with Chinese Intelligence Agents Leads to State Department Employee’s Arrest

A long-time employee of the State Department was charged with misleading the FBI about gifts she received from Chinese intelligence agents over the course of several years.

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$550 Million Scheme to Defraud SSA Leads to Guilty Plea

By on March 28, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

A Social Security disability lawyer recently pleaded guilty to a scheme designed to fraudulently obtain over $500 million in disability payments from the Social Security Administration.

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Supreme Court vs. Obama Administration

By on March 22, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Supreme Court vs. Obama Administration

A recent Supreme Court decision regarding temporary appointments requiring Senate confirmation could have significant implications for federal agencies.

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Do As This Former VA Employee Says, Not As He Does

By on March 20, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Do As This Former VA Employee Says, Not As He Does

A Veterans Affairs employee, claiming to be a protected whistleblower, was removed for mishandling a radiological substance, the very activity that he had blown the whistle on with regard to others at his facility.

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Whistleblower Failed Burden of Proof In Challenge to Her Removal

By on March 14, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Whistleblower Failed Burden of Proof In Challenge to Her Removal

A federal attorney who was fired claims that it was done in retaliation for being a whistleblower. The MSPB said it had no jurisdiction, saying she failed to make her case. See how the federal appeals court has now ruled on her appeal.

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