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First Steps Upon Receipt of a Proposed Action

Recently, we noticed a trend in federal employees contacting us with only a few days remaining in their response period in connection with a notice of proposed removal or suspension. Waiting  to begin addressing a notice of proposed removal from…

Does It Hurt To Have A Union Representative?

There is a prevailing theory that it is better to have union representation, than not have union representation, given such a need.  While we are certainly proponents of labor organizations and their important representational and historical role in the workplace,…

Can a Union Negotiate Performance Awards?

The short answer is yes.  But you also already knew it is more complicated than a simple yes or no answer.  During the last two months we fielded many inquiries from labor organizations at the local levels concerning this subject.…

LWOP in Connection with OWCP

Leave Without Pay (LWOP) in connection with Office of Worker’s Compensation Claims (DOL OWCP) is a source of confusion for federal employees, as well as agencies.  In our experience, this is largely due to a number of misperceptions of affected employees…

When Unions Go Bad

Somewhat regularly, we field calls from union members in the federal sector (and even union officials) regarding issues with union representation or leadership. The issues may involve claims of failure to provide union representation (including adequate representation are most common), the…

MSPB Mock Hearing & Training

Whether you are new to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) processes or already a practitioner, both MSPB and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provide valuable training materials.  Among them are mock hearing video training sessions.  These videos will give…