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Veterans Chalk Up Wins at MSPB and Court – Part Two

By on October 21, 2009 in Current Events with 0 Comments

This is part two of Steve Oppermann’s article on “Veterans Chalk up Wins at MSPB and Court” and a string of wins for veterans in recent cases.

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When Mediocre is Good Enough

By on September 15, 2009 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

Does it make sense for a supervisor to say, in effect, to an employee – “Your performance this year was truly atrocious, but with some hard work on your part and my assistance you may be able to achieve genuine mediocrity.”? That is the result of achieving a “Minimally Acceptable” performance rating.

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Disability Retirement and the Federal Employee

For Federal and Postal employees, disability retirement benefits exist as part of their “employment package.” This is a benefit that can become very important. The process of obtaining disability retirement is not simple. Here are some basics about this employment benefit.

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Fired INS Employee Goes to Court: "We are not persuaded" Says Court

An immigration official caught up in an incident where three fellow officers injured an illegal alien during a raid remains fired from his agency following review of his case in which he contended he was a whistleblower.

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Labor and Employee Relations in 2008: The Wonderful Stories of the Year

By on January 6, 2009 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The author recaps FedSmith stories that its authors couldn’t have made up had they tried all year. These stories require no suspension of belief by the reader. All are provably true.

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Reviewing a Labor Agreement: Ten Tips on What to Throw Out, Fix or Include (Part Two)

By on July 29, 2008 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

As Agencies prepare to bargain a new labor agreement, careful attention should be paid to the expired or expiring contract.

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Deciding an Adverse Action: What the Manager Must Consider

By on May 29, 2008 in Current Events with 0 Comments

In this final article in a three part series, the author explores the thought processes and considerations an Agency Deciding Official must use to render a decision and have it sustained on appeal. This framework is drawn from the law as evolved by the Merit Systems Protection Board since it came into existence in 1979.

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Great Hollywood Action Scenes–But Employee Stays Fired

The charges in this case sound like a scenario from an action adventure novel but the Army was not impressed. The specifications leading to this employee’s removal included failing to turn over a weapon, not getting permission to fly in a restricted military airspace and disobeying air traffic control. The MSPB and a federal court were not impressed either and the employee stays fired.

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Tough Choice in Short Time Doesn't Equal Coercion

By on March 19, 2008 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Given a short time to make an unpleasant decision about whether to resign or receive a proposed notice of removal, an errant federal manager opted to resign but then filed an appeal. Unlike MSPB Member Sapin, the court had no problem with the short period of time to make an unpleasant decision as the agency could have just issued the notice of proposed removal.

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Performance Improvement (Part Two)

By on March 6, 2008 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Solving a performance problem in the complex world of the federal human resources environment takes time, energy, patience and considerable work. This part of the article explains how to define the problem and tools to address the problem.

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