When it comes to negative performance actions, federal employees need to be aware of their rights. PIPs (Performance Improvement Plans) and their related negative performance actions can often seem confusing and overwhelming. In this blog post, our top-rated, award-winning federal employment attorneys at The Law Firm of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorneys at Law, PLLC share what these actions look like and how to fight them.
If you are a federal employee who is facing an unacceptable performance appraisal, PIP, or a propsed adverse action based on performance, it is important to contact a federal employment attorney as soon as possible. We can help you understand your rights and options, and we will fight to protect your interests. Contact us today to learn more.
What Are PIPs?
A Performance Improvement Period (PIP) is a type of negative performance action that can be taken against a federal employee if their performance is rated as unacceptable on one or more of their critical performance elements from their annual performance plan/standards. PIPs are usually given when an employee is not meeting the expectations of their job.
PIPs can be given to employees who are not meeting the standards in their job performance,. PIPs can also be given to employees who have had a recent decline in their job performance.
PIPs are usually given for a period of between 30 and 90 days, but they can be extended for up to one year. PIPs can be given to employees who are not in probationary periods. They outline what steps the subject employee and their supervisor should do to improve the employee’s performance to an acceptable level.
PIPs can be very stressful for federal employees, as they can often lead to a demotion in grade or a termination if the employee does not improve their performance. If you have been given a PIP, it is important to contact a federal employment attorney as soon as possible.
Negative Performance Actions
In addition to PIPs, there are other types of negative performance actions that can be taken against federal employees.
These actions can include:
● Verbal or written warnings
● Reassignment from position
If you are facing any of these adverse actions, you should contact a federal employment attorney as soon as possible. The attorney can help you review your performance case and might ask you to complete a declaration form used for your defense. This can help create documentation regarding the performance actions that can help you support your fight to protect your career.
Defend Your Rights & Your Career
At The Law Firm of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorneys at Law, PLLC, our top-rated, award-winning federal employment attorneys have extensive experience handling PIPs and other negative performance actions. We know how stressful these situations can be, and we will fight to protect your interests.
Call us today at (202) 759-7780 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.