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Massive Limits on Telework Proposed

The Department of Health and Human Services had proposed limiting telework to 1 day a week or potentially eliminating the program altogether. The Department and the National Treasury Employees Union are in final negotiations, as mandated by the Federal Service Impasse...

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U. S. Postal Service Task Force Issues Report

The United States Postal Service Task Force was created through an executive order by President Trump to fix the Postal Services’ finances. They issued their long-awaited report with their findings and recommendations. Flawed Finances A bailout of taxpayers will be...

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Merit Systems Backlog of 1,500 Cases Likely to Grow

The Merit Systems Protection Board hears federal employee appeals of contested personnel actions and could go from one member to none in Spring 2019. The current backlog of cases is 1,500 and could grow 25% soon. “It will take, at a minimum, 3 years to process that...

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Can You Be Forced by Your Agency to Relocate?

When an agency decides to relocate an office, or the entire agency (this can be done for many reasons), can they force you, if you are employed by them, to relocate or risk losing your job? What options are available to you if you still want to keep your job without...

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OPM Says Agencies will “Fully Comply” with Court Ruling

The Office of Personnel Management told agencies they must comply with the federal district court’s recent ruling, which struck down 9 key provisions of the president’s executive orders on collective bargaining, official time, and employee removals. Ketjani Brown...

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The Postal Service to Rescind Ban on Certain Employees

The United States Postal Service must reverse a new policy that banned employees from taking unpaid time off to campaign for political candidates, a 3rd party arbitration ruled. The decision came after postal unions challenged the policy as violating their collective...

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New Bills for Shorter Appeals and MSPB Fees

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee cleared two pieces of legislation. Federal employees may see more significant changes to the current disciplinary appeals process with their agencies and the Merit Systems Protection Board than before. The Modern...

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Will Immigration and Customs Enforcement be Eliminated?

Some lawmakers are calling for the end of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) intends to introduce legislation to eliminate the agency. He made the announcement after a recent trip to visit the southern border. “I’m...

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New Supreme Court Decision and Federal Employees?

The Supreme Court has issued a decision in the case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, et al., concerning payment of fees to a union that represents employees in state and local governments. Ruling The decision, issued on June 27, 2018, overturns a 1977 case (Abood v....

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One Union May Get Evicted from HUD Office Space

Housing and Urban Development Department officials told a federal employee union that they must vacate federal office space by mid-July. Union officials said this is a move to attempt to undermine collective bargaining negotiations. HUD issued a notice to the American...

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2nd Union Files Lawsuit to Block Executive Orders

The National Treasury Employees Union is the second federal union group to sue the Trump administration over the executive orders aimed at streamlining the firing process and negotiations. The lawsuit, filed against Trump and the Office of Personnel Management...

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