• How to Document Sexual Harassment

      Sexual harassment in the workplace—whether federal or not—is a huge problem. Every year, thousands of incidents are reported. But, unfortunately, many more incidents occur without notice because the ...

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    • Federal Employee Investigations: What to Expect & How to React

      Places of federal employment are typically quite strict when it comes to following regulations and codes of conduct. Any sort of deviation from acceptable standards will be questionable, and egregious ...

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    • What to Do After Receiving Proposed Disciplinary Action

      If you are a federal employee who has been subject to investigation and have received a proposed disciplinary action, our DC federal employment attorneys of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorney at Law want ...

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    • Defending Federal Employees from Disciplinary Action

      Disciplinary action is meant to keep workplaces safe; unfortunately, some employers use disciplinary actions to get rid of people they label as “problematic.” Due to the discrepancy in power between ...

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    • Can You Get Fired from Off-Duty Misconduct?

      Whether it’s getting arrested for a drunk driving over the weekend or posting something offensive on social media, it is possible for federal agencies to discipline employees due to misconduct that ...

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    • How to Document Sexual Harassment

      Sexual harassment in the workplace—whether federal or not—is a huge problem. Every year, thousands of incidents are reported. But, unfortunately, many more incidents occur without notice because the ...

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    • “Me Too” Complaints and the Federal Employment System

      Federal Employment Managers Should Follow Strict Guidelines In the wake of the “Me Too” movement’s initial explosion, employees can only hope that management and employers stop discrimination and ...

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    • Surviving Sexual Harassment

      The Aftermath Sexual harassment is no joking matter. It can take place in all types of work environments, including federal jobs. It takes courage and determination to file a sexual harassment claim; ...

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    • Pregnancy Discrimination at 40 Steak & Seafood

      Recent EEOC Case Regarding Pregnancy Discrimination In a press release issued this week, a case was filed through the EEOC against 40 Steak & Seafood for pregnancy discrimination. A server at the ...

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    • Favoritism and Cronyism in the Workplace

      Federal Employment and Playing Favorites Favoritism and cronyism are two unfortunate aspects of federal employment that cannot be denied. The saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” appears ...

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    • Federal Employees & Your Right to Privacy

      Was Your Privacy Violated While at Work? As a federal or state employee, your privacy is just as important as with any other career and is protected by the Constitution just as with common workplace ...

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    • What Should I Avoid Talking About at My Federal Workplace?

      Topics of Discussion and Their Legalities Common topics of concern are religion, sexual orientation, wages, or political stance. Each one is unique is its limitations and protection regarding ...

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  • FAQ
    • What Facts Do I Need to Know About Whistleblower Cases?

      If you are aware of someone who has defrauded the government or violated labor laws, you should consider becoming a whistleblower. Becoming a whistle blower is not only the ethical thing to do, but ...

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    • 3 Federal Laws Employees Need to Know About

      Many of the rights that employees enjoy today came into place because of the efforts made by workers’ rights protesters back in the 19th century and the early days of our industrialized economy. ...

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    • What You Should & Shouldn't See on a Performance Improvement Plan

      Federal places of employments, such as agencies and political offices, typically set strict standards and expectations for employees. Any consistent or egregious deviation from the expectations could ...

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    • What to Know About Federal Disability Retirement

      Federal Employment Advantages Federal Disability Retirement is a benefit advantage that many federal employees do not consider at the time of hiring. One of the greatest advantages of the FERS system ...

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    • Pregnancy Discrimination at 40 Steak & Seafood

      Recent EEOC Case Regarding Pregnancy Discrimination In a press release issued this week, a case was filed through the EEOC against 40 Steak & Seafood for pregnancy discrimination. A server at the ...

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    • What to Do If Hostile Working Conditions Affect Your Mental Health

      While many people often think of on-the-job injuries as physical (i.e. back injuries, repetitive stress injuries, broken bones, etc.), psychological injuries can be just as devastating. Some jobs are ...

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    • What Should I Avoid Talking About at My Federal Workplace?

      Topics of Discussion and Their Legalities Common topics of concern are religion, sexual orientation, wages, or political stance. Each one is unique is its limitations and protection regarding ...

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    • Hatch Act Violations and Social Media

      Could You Be in Violation? As accessibility and instant communication increase speed daily, the chances of making a mistake grow exponentially. As a federal employee, it is imperative to think twice ...

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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 ...

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    • NLRB Proposes Change to Joint Employer Standard

      On Sep. 13, 2018, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a press release about the Board proposing a rule change to its joint employer standard. In the release, it stated that on Sep. 14, ...

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    • What Do I Need to Know Before I File My USERRA Claim?

      The goal of USERRA is to protect uniformed service members from their prior employers by eliminating any related job risks. After deployment, members of the U.S. uniformed services are entitled to ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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    • Can MSPB Award Punitive Damages?

      The Merit Systems Protection Board ( MSPB ) is tasked with reviewing appeals filed for discrimination, whistleblowing retaliation , and various forms of Prohibited Personnel Practice within federal ...

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    • How Do I File an MSPB Appeal?

      To file an MSPB appeal, you’ll need to visit the e-appeal online website and use the interactive application. The website provides information regarding how to properly complete your application and ...

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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 ...

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    • EEOC & NLRB: Differences Over Confidentiality in Workplace Sexual Harassment Investigations

      The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued a report addressing how employers should respond to sexual harassment complaints in the workplace – a report which has raised ...

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    • NLRB Proposes Change to Joint Employer Standard

      On Sep. 13, 2018, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a press release about the Board proposing a rule change to its joint employer standard. In the release, it stated that on Sep. 14, ...

      Read More
  • OSC
    • Favoritism and Cronyism in the Workplace

      Federal Employment and Playing Favorites Favoritism and cronyism are two unfortunate aspects of federal employment that cannot be denied. The saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” appears ...

      Read More
    • Federal Employees & Your Right to Privacy

      Was Your Privacy Violated While at Work? As a federal or state employee, your privacy is just as important as with any other career and is protected by the Constitution just as with common workplace ...

      Read More
    • Under What Circumstances Would I File a Complaint with the OSC?

      Federal employees encountering questionable behavior and actions on part of their superiors and supervisors, and even their coworkers, can often wonder how to set things right. Many know that the ...

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  • PIP
    • What You Should & Shouldn't See on a Performance Improvement Plan

      Federal places of employments, such as agencies and political offices, typically set strict standards and expectations for employees. Any consistent or egregious deviation from the expectations could ...

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  • PPP
    • 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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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    • How to Appeal a Security Clearance Denial

      Thousands of jobs in the federal government require a security clearance in order to perform their essential functions. Getting these clearances is an extensive process that requires paperwork, ...

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    • Why Was My Security Clearance Denied?

      Security clearance grants individuals access to classified national security information. Whether you are a federal employee or a private contractor, your ability to keep your job may depend on ...

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    • “Me Too” Complaints and the Federal Employment System

      Federal Employment Managers Should Follow Strict Guidelines In the wake of the “Me Too” movement’s initial explosion, employees can only hope that management and employers stop discrimination and ...

      Read More
    • Surviving Sexual Harassment

      The Aftermath Sexual harassment is no joking matter. It can take place in all types of work environments, including federal jobs. It takes courage and determination to file a sexual harassment claim; ...

      Read More
    • EEOC & NLRB: Differences Over Confidentiality in Workplace Sexual Harassment Investigations

      The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued a report addressing how employers should respond to sexual harassment complaints in the workplace – a report which has raised ...

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    • Common Signs of Retaliation

      Employees who file a complaint against an employer because of unethical or unlawful practices they experience or witness on the job may be subject to retaliatory actions. Fortunately, federal laws ...

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    • What Facts Do I Need to Know About Whistleblower Cases?

      If you are aware of someone who has defrauded the government or violated labor laws, you should consider becoming a whistleblower. Becoming a whistle blower is not only the ethical thing to do, but ...

      Read More
    • 3 Federal Laws Employees Need to Know About

      Many of the rights that employees enjoy today came into place because of the efforts made by workers’ rights protesters back in the 19th century and the early days of our industrialized economy. ...

      Read More