Court Cases

Forced Retirement – or Removal?

An IRS employee failed with the MSPB, and now the court, to overturn her retirement as coerced.

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National Security and Law Enforcement Outweigh Privacy

A former Homeland Security personnel chief who resigned before the agency could revoke her clearance for making false statements to investigators landed a job with a sensitive DoD agency. When DHS alerted the new agency to the problems she sued both agencies under the Privacy Act.

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Still Heir to Nothing

By on February 25, 2016 in Court Cases, Current Events with 16 Comments

A son whose father left him absolutely nothing in last-minute paperwork executed at a VA Hospital tried unsuccessfully to sue the VA employees who witnessed the father’s testamentary documents.

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Canceling Employee Fellowship is Not Appealable

By on February 16, 2016 in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

A Department of Air Force researcher appealed when her agency cancelled her RAND Fellowship, arguing it was in retaliation for her involvement in a federal court case. See how the Board and the appeals court reacted.

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What One Hand Offers, the Other Takes Away

By on February 8, 2016 in Court Cases, Current Events with 3 Comments

Find out why the FDIC’s revocation of an accepted term appointment offer is not an appealable “removal.”

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Change in the SF-50 Does Not Bestow Appeal Rights

By on February 3, 2016 in Court Cases, Current Events with 3 Comments

A reemployed annuitant could not “create” appeal rights by having her previous agency change the type of her retirement. See why.

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Legislation Introduced to Bolster Rights of Federal Employees Serving in Sensitive Positions

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

Two Members of Congress have introduced legislation that is intended to protect certain due process rights of federal employees serving in security sensitive positions.

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Should the FEHB Be Required to Cover Speech-Generating Devices for the Hearing Impaired?

By on January 25, 2016 in Court Cases, Current Events with 22 Comments

A recent lawsuit unsuccessfully sought a ruling ordering OPM to require, rather than just encourage, FEHB insurers to cover certain equipment for the hearing impaired.

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The First Amendment and Public Employees: Supreme Court Reconsiders Limitations

The First Amendment and Public Employees: Supreme Court Reconsiders Limitations

Federal employees can join a union and pay dues, or they can decide not to join and save their money. Many public sector employees do not have this option. The Supreme Court takes another look at public employees and mandatory union fees. What impact will this case have on federal employees?

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Justice Department Must Turn Over Documents to U.S. House Committee

By on January 20, 2016 in Court Cases with 276 Comments
Justice Department Must Turn Over Documents to U.S. House Committee

Having to resort to federal court to get the Justice Department to turn over documents, the U.S. District Court has now ordered the Attorney General to cough them up to the House Committee in response to its subpoena for the documents.

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