Court Cases

Christmas v. Department of Education

December 19, 2005 7:55 AM

Can a federal employee avoid time limits by dodging receipt of a final agency decision or other significant documents?

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Will Oral Settlement Agreement Hold Up?

December 12, 2005 7:24 AM

Is an oral agreement to settle a case sufficient or does it have to be signed by all parties? A recent court decision provides the answer.

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Firing a Government ‘Volunteer’ Isn’t Easy

November 4, 2005 8:49 AM

The process for firing a federal employee is not quick or easy. The separation of a “volunteer” may not be quick or easy either.

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Who Says A Federal Employee Can’t Be Fired?

October 14, 2005 7:20 AM

Federal agencies can and do fire federal employees for a variety of offenses. Here is a series of cases in which employees were fired and the inevitable appeals were upheld all the way through the lengthy process.

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Veterans Preference, Federal Hiring and Outstanding Scholars

October 11, 2005 8:19 AM

Does the outstanding scholar program supersede veterans preference requirements? The MSPB says it does not.

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The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

October 11, 2005 7:18 AM

A federal judge has ruled against the implementation of the newly-designed labor relations program for DHS putting the program on hold for now.

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Knocking Down the Agency's Case

September 8, 2005 8:02 AM

A Postal Service employee claimed he had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and had trouble filling out forms. The court found this to be plausible and sent the case back to determine the appropriate remedy.

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It’s A Free Country: Let’s Go To Court

August 26, 2005 7:29 AM

Can a federal contractor be an applicant for federal employment? Can a federal contractor have the MSPB review his termination just as it would for a federal employee? Now we know the answer.

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Pushing The Right Buttons in the Federal Bureaucracy

August 24, 2005 9:05 AM

Does the recent decision of the DC Circuit Court lead to the dramatic conclusions offered by some observers? The decision does not but the process of introducing change to the federal bureaucracy follows a predictable pattern and requires pushing the right buttons for the players in the process who can make a difference.

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NTEU Gets A Big Win In Round One

August 15, 2005 9:23 AM

An injunction against a portion of the new rules for a human resources system in the Department of Homeland Security is the latest round in the implenting a new civil service structure

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