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A PLEASANT PARTICULARIZED NEED PRONOUNCEMENT: Test Yourself A nice thing happened last week.  The Authority issued an easier to understand than normal, unanimous decision on particularized need.  (AFGE, 68 FLRA 492 (2015))  See if you can predict what the ruling … Continue reading

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WANT TO KNOW WHAT WORK YOUR AGENCY HAS CONTRACTED OUT-OR WILL? FLRA has made it very clear that while unions cannot negotiate over an agency’s substantive decision to contract out work, they can negotiate over impact and implementation issues. (See NAGE, 61 … Continue reading

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WHAT DO SELECTING OFFICIALS OWE BQ CANDIDATES?  A LOT! Law requires selecting officials to explain to non-selected BQ promotion applicants why they were passed over. In fact, it requires them to be quite specific about why. See if you can … Continue reading

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EEOC NORMALLY ORDERS CREDITING PLAN DISCLOSURE OPM, FLRA, and the courts may be highly reluctant to order an agency to disclose a crediting plan to a grievant or the union, but EEOC is not.  It has addressed the issue over … Continue reading

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FEDSMILL’S PARTICULARIZED NEED FORM While science’s two-decade long, multi-billion dollar search for the Higgs-Boson particle ended in success (and according to some putting man virtually face-to-face with god), the quest for particularized need has proven more challenging than that for … Continue reading

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MSPB EXPANDS ACCUSED EMPLOYEE’S RIGHT TO INFORMATION A Homeland Security Agent was fired for falsifying an official form.  When he tried to defend himself by pointing out how supervisory employees who committed the same offense were not fired, DHS management … Continue reading

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“PARTICULARIZED NEED” MADE CLEARER No one will ever accuse FLRA’s (or the courts’) “particularized need” concept of being clear and easy to apply.  In fact, it is closer to a full employment program for labor lawyers than it is a … Continue reading

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QUIZ YOURSELF: Particularized Need Limitations Which of the following does a union not have to reveal to management to meet the particularized need standard for getting information. A.   Why it needs the information,   B.   The Uses to which it will put … Continue reading

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