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Reasonable Accommodation for Federal Employees

As a federal employee in America, you have the right to reasonable accommodation for a disability. Your disability might affect your senses, your dexterity, your mobility, or might even be a mental health condition. No matter the details, if your disability can be overcome and job duties completed with the help of reasonable accommodation, then your agency is required to provide it (with very limited exceptions). However, not all supervisors and agency authorities are reasonable. If you have been denied reasonable accommodation …

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Federal Employee Termination Laws: A Complete Legal Guide 2024

Federal employee termination laws are in place to protect the rights of civil servants while also allowing the government to manage its workforce efficiently. As with any employer, the federal government can fire employees for subpar performance, company policy infractions, or disciplinary issues. However, special rules apply due to the unique nature of government work. Because federal employees are not private sector workers, they’re afforded protection against arbitrary or politically-motivated firings—their jobs allow them to carry out public business without …

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How to Win an MSPB Appeal: Step-by-Step

The last thing you wish as a federal employee is to face an unfair employment action. But things happen even to the best of employees, spiraling them into disputes with the best of employers.  Filing an MSPB (Merit Systems Protection Board) appeal is a great legal route if you cannot resolve the issue through an alternative dispute resolution. But a minor mistake, inadequate evidence, or overlooking steps in the timeline can easily lead to your case being denied or dismissed …

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What Conditions Qualify for Federal Disability Retirement?

Federal disability retirement is a special dispensation for federal workers who become unable to work during their tenure. It is a form of early retirement based on disability that will eventually be replaced by a typical federal employee retirement at the age of 62. Federal disability retirement is available for federal employees who develop a disability during the course of their federal employment, whether or not the disability was caused by workplace conditions.  However, obtaining approval to enter federal disability …

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How Difficult is it to Get Federal Disability Retirement?

Managing the complexities of federal disability retirement can be daunting for federal employees, as the process involves navigating a maze of legal and bureaucratic requirements. This article aims to demystify this intricate process, offering clarity and guidance at every step. From understanding eligibility criteria to preparing a convincing application, our goal is to simplify and explain the intricacies involved. We strive to provide comprehensive insights and practical advice to help federal employees successfully navigate the path to securing their federal …

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What Can You Do in a Reduction in Force (Federal Government)

Before we dive into what you can do in the unlikely event of a Reduction in Force, let’s define it. When a federal agency chooses to abolish one or more employment positions, this is what is known as a Reduction In Force (RIF) in the federal government. Once an RIF has begun to take place, the agency in question is required to follow strict OPM Guidelines. A federal employee who is affected by a Reduction in Force will also have a …

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What is Wrongful Termination in the Federal Workplace?

As a federal employee, you have strong job protections. But even with these safeguards, wrongful termination can still happen. Whether through unfair dismissal, discrimination, or retaliation for whistleblowing, navigating the complexities of federal employment law can be perplexing. So what happens if you’re suddenly terminated without just cause? This is a comprehensive guide that explains all about federal employee wrongful termination and actions you can take if you find yourself being fired unlawfully. The federal employment lawyers at The Law Office of …

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As a Federal Employee Can You Sue Your Employer?

Working as a federal employee provides many benefits, such as job security, competitive salaries, and access to various employee protections. However, like any other job, disputes and conflicts can arise between federal employees and their employers. In such a case, you may wonder, can a federal employee sue their employer? At The Law Office of Justin Schnitzer, we understand that navigating the complexities of federal employment law can be challenging. As an experienced federal employment law firm, we assist federal employees in protecting …

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How to Handle a Federal Employee Misconduct Investigation

Misconduct is a serious matter for federal employees. This is why there is an extensive routine of due process whenever a complaint or accusation of misconduct occurs. While this system was put in place to protect federal employees from undue harm, the process can also be intimidating and difficult to navigate. If you are facing a federal employee misconduct investigation, now is an important time to exercise your rights and prepare a defense against whatever misconduct you have been accused …

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Can You Apply for FERS (Federal Disability Retirement) with a Mental Health Condition?

Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is designed to help federal employees maintain a satisfactory quality of life after retirement. One of the elements of this system is Federal Disability Retirement which covers employees who have to leave work due to a disability. If your mental health condition keeps you from fulfilling your employment duties, you could be eligible for FERS disability retirement benefits. However, similar to other FERS claims, achieving approval could be complicated. Understanding how FERS disability retirement for …

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