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  • The Federal Sector EEO Complaint Process

    Federal agencies are forbidden from discriminating in their hiring processes based on things like race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, and a number of other factors thanks to Equal Employment Opportunity legislation (EEO). While this has been the law for quite some time, there are still instances in which this discrimination occurs. If you feel as though you have been the ...
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  • Employment Mistakes to Avoid

    No matter how large or small your business is, you are bound by state and federal hiring laws. Deciphering these laws can be tricky, but noncompliance can be costly. You may find yourself facing large fines and other punishments for a simple mistake. Here are some common areas where employers make mistakes that can cost them. Application Forms Employment application forms are useful to employers ...
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  • How to File an OSC Complaint

    The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) handles complaints made by federal employees against federal agencies or supervisors regarding prohibited personal practices and violations of the Hatch Act. These complaints frequently involve retaliatory action against whistleblowers. They may also involve complaints against employees holding specific government positions that are forbidden from engaging in ...
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  • Federal Performance Improvement Plans

    Federal employees are evaluated by supervisors every year, which are important to the employee’s career. If you hear you’re being considered for a performance employment plan, you should be wary: these are not always what they seem. Performance improvement plans are built as your federal agency giving you a chance to improve and grow in your position to help you succeed at your job. However, in ...
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  • MSPB Report Discusses Nepotism in the Federal Civil Service

    A recent report from the United States Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has issued information about the prohibitions pertaining to nepotism in the Federal civil service. There are a number of statutes prohibiting an employee from helping relatives obtain employment in the civil service. These include: 18 U.S.C. § 208 - Prohibitions 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(7) – Governs the federal civil service 5 ...
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  • EEOC Has Issued Regulations for Those with Disabilities

    One of the primary priorities of the federal government is increasing employment rates for individuals who suffer from disabilities, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As a result, the EEOC has implemented a new rule that sets forth § 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. Federal agencies have been given regulations that explain what they must do to comply with their ...
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  • MSPB Chairman Believes More Gov't Training Needed to Uphold MSPs

    The United States Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is tasked with ensuring federal employments, government agents, and civil servants both understand and adhere to their duties, responsibilities, and ethical guidelines. Within its codes, the MSPB has established nine Merit System Principles (MSP) that an agent should always follow, and thirteen Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP) that should ...
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  • Nepotism: Favoring Friends & Family in Federal Workforces

    The federal government has an intrinsic interest in how well it operates and performs necessary functions for the people. As part of its self-regulation, it has prohibited any government agent or civil service member from assigning a close friend or family member to a position of importance or influence based only on personal preference and not on real qualifications. The act of assigning such a ...
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  • Do You Always Have to Follow Your Superior's Orders?

    If you belong to the United States Military, or act as an agent for most other government entities, you are expected to follow a chain of command (COC) and respect the orders of your superiors. There are also times when you must obey the commands of a superior officer or agent from a government branch that is not even your own. The COC is meant to keep the military and the federal government ...
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  • Possible Defenses for Going AWOL

    Members of the United States Military are expected to fulfil their orders to the best of their abilities whenever possible, regardless of the intensity or danger of the situation. For many soldiers, this often means staying at their post and being there for their comrades when they are needed most. If a soldier or military member is not where they are expected by commanding officers, they are ...
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  • Understanding the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

    The original Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) of 1989 was enacted by Congress to give whistleblowers throughout the government a variety of legal protections to deter undue retaliation against them. It also established different remedies that could be used if it was concluded that retaliation had occurred for whistleblowing. Unfortunately for whistleblowers and the average American, several ...
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  • How Does the Civil Service Reform Act Protect Whistleblowers?

    Whenever there is a nationwide or international news story about major wrongdoing by a government agency, there is undoubtedly a whistleblower somewhere at its source. Due to their ability to see an agency from the inside, federal employees have the closest and clearest perspective out of anyone, so it makes sense that they’d be the first or only people to see the big problems. Since this unique ...
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  • What is the Hatch Act & Why Is It Important?

    One of the Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP) as established by the United States Merit Systems Protection Board is coercing political activity. This PPP is heavily influenced by the Hatch Act, which was formed with the direct intent to keep biased political influence out of the political system of the federal government. In particular, the Hatch Act seeks to stop the creation of an “invincible ...
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  • What are Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP)?

    The United States Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has outlined a series of 12 Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP) that federal and government employees, employers, and agencies must avoid. As first mentioned in the Pendleton Act of 1883, the adherence to this set of guidelines and the elimination of PPP throughout the government should assure the faithful, responsible, and fair management ...
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  • What is the MSPB?

    Although you may have never heard of the Merits Systems Protection Board ( MSPB ), this independent agency of the executive branch may become one of your only allies if you are penalized in a federal workplace without due cause. The mission statement of the MSPB directly claims that the agency is there to “promote an effective Federal workplace” that does not engage in prohibited practices, such ...
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