Monthly Archives: January 2017

UNION STAFF ARE PROTECTED FROM AGENCY CHANGES TOO FLRA popped out an interesting case just before time ran out in 2016 that addressed an agency’s ability to change how it deals with union staff who are not now (and maybe … Continue reading

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EEOC SAYS IT WELL ON RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION        A hospital granted some employees a waiver from its mandatory flu vaccine program based on religious objections. But apparently it decided to get into whether a person’s particular religious beliefs are worthy of … Continue reading

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IRS TORMENTS DIABETIC EMPLOYEE It is hard to imagine that a diabetic employee can still be treated this badly in the 21st century, but maybe the Miami IRS office stopped tracking time somewhere in the 1930s. In any event, a … Continue reading

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HOMELAND SECURITY PAYS MILLIONS FOR DECADES OLD EMPLOYEE COMPLAINT  If the Washington Post story is accurate, and we highly suspect it is, the Dept. Of Homeland Security just agreed to pay about 100 employees an average of $240,000.00 each in … Continue reading

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COMMON FMLA MISTAKES Understanding the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a requirement for representatives on both sides of the table. We have spent some time touching on it in Fedsmill, but there is a good series coming out of … Continue reading

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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF PROHIBITED PERSONNEL PRACTICES The Office of the Special Counsel has put on line a helpful quiz to help representatives deepen their understanding of Prohibited Personnel Practices. We have found it helpful to raise these in grievances … Continue reading

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WHERE IS THE LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL SERVICE REFORM ACT Although it does not come up very much at all anymore, there are times when it can be helpful to dig into the legislative history of the CSRA. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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“GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE” RECOGNIZES IFPTE & AFGE CONTRACTING OUT CLOUT According to “Government Executive” the Department of Defense went down in defeat before the power of IFPTE and AFGE when the department tried to increase the amount of contracting out on … Continue reading

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MSPB NEEDLESSLY EMBARRASSED THIS FDIC EMPLOYEE Not long ago we ran across an MSPB case filed by an FDIC manager challenging his demotion and reassignment for having a sexual relationship with a bargaining unit employee who reported to him. Although … Continue reading

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UNIONS AGAIN OPEN THEIR FINANCIAL DEALINGS FOR REVIEW Not only did the new year arrive a few days ago, but also the next round of LM reports began showing up as well. Unions file these nationally and locally with the Dept. … Continue reading

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