The author says that it is a well established fact that managers have the right to establish standards for requiring employee attendance at work. He notes, however, that failure to enforce attendance requirements can result in further attendance problems and lower morale among employees. He says that supervisors should never be afraid to initiate the appropriate action when warranted and cites some cases as precedent for enforcing consistent attendance in the federal workplace.
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The appeals court agrees with the Merit Systems Protection Board that just because an HR Specialist had access to confidential personnel databases and was labeled a manager by her agency does not mean that she was in a management position or one that otherwise gave the Board jurisdiction over her adverse action (demotion) appeal.
A bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives would limit the amount of time federal employees have to appeal adverse actions. Ironically however, another House bill introduced at the same time would help strengthen protections for whistleblowers.
Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL) is taking another shot at reforming policy at the VA, this time with a bill that would strengthen whistleblower protections and institute a number of measures intended to hold agency employees more accountable for wrongdoing.
A DFAS (Defense Finance and Accounting Service) employee removed for being found ineligible for a sensitive position due to numerous outstanding debts won a reprieve from the federal appeals court when it threw out the decision of the Merit Systems Protection Board and sent the case back for another look.
A Supervisory Patent Examiner who retired rather than be busted down to a non-supervisory position for the offense of nepotism was unable to persuade the Merit Systems Protection Board, and now the appeals court, to hear her case.
A VA employee ordered retroactively restored when his removal was cancelled by the MSPB argues with the agency’s handling of his account with the Thrift Savings Plan.
Federal employee advocacy groups sent a letter to Senate leaders this week expressing concerns about the Veterans First Act, saying that it would undermine protections for VA employees who are subject to discipline for misconduct or performance.