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☀       Nov 13, 2018  ...  D.D.C.:  Glasgow v. Defense  ...   Ronald Glasgow applied for a series of jobs with the Defense Intelligence Agency (“DIA”) in 2010.     When he was not hired, he filed a complaint with the DIA’s Equal Opportunity & Diversity Office.     He alleged that the DIA rejected his application due to his race (white), sex (male), age (54), and disability (a spinal injury), and retaliated against him for attempting to assert his rights, all in violation of various federal anti-discrimination statutes.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Nov 9, 2018  ...  VAOIG:  The VA OIG did not find that the Northern California Health Care System Director violated VA policy regarding the use of government vehicles. The Director was unaware employees drove these vehicles between work and home. The Director said that upon learning of this policy, he immediately rescinded it.      Summary   Report

☀       Nov 9, 2018  ...  Fed. Cir.:  Jenks v. Opm ..  THIS IS A VERY COMMON STORY FOR STYLISH WOMEN (SPENT ON HAIR, NAILS, CLOTHES). ..  Mary L. Jenks worked for the U.S. Postal Service and her service with USPS was covered by the Civil Service Retirement System.     Ms. Jenks appeals the final decision of the MSPB affirming the OPM finding that she was ineligible to receive annuity benefits because she had applied for and received a refund of her retirement contributions. ..  COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       OPM: ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE RELATING TO IMPLEMENTATION OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS 13836, 13837, AND 13839:    OPM

☀       Nov 9, 2018  ...  D.D.C.:  Hall v. Nielsen ..  I SUED HOMELAND, NOW MY LAWYER. ..  The Department of Homeland Security terminated Plaintiff Steven Hall’s employment following a variety of misconduct allegations, prompting him to retain the legal services of Defendant Rosemary Dettling.    Unhappy with the result of the subsequent proceedings, Plaintiff has filed a barrage of suits over the last few years, mostly in a pro se capacity, against Dettling and DHS. This is one such case.  ..  COURT DECISION:  (pdf)   (html)

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☀       Nov 8, 2018  ...  F.D.C.A:  Buade v. Terra Group  ...   WHEN I COMPLAINED MY SUBORDINATE WAS DISRESPTFUL & SEX HARASSING ME, THEY FIRED ME.  ...   From October 2004 to the date of her termination on December 10, 2010, Beatriz Buade was employed by Terra as a contract administrator and was promoted to customer service supervisor.     In her supervisory role, Buade alleges that, beginning on or about August 1, 2005, Terra employee, Carlos Hollender, began refusing to comply with Buade’s instructions related to his employment, and she later claimed that Hollender was sexually harassing her.     In 2010, Buade was terminated by Terra.     She alleges that her termination was a result of her complaints regarding her perceived discrimination.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Nov 7, 2018  ...  U.S. Supreme Court :  Mount Lemmon Fire Dist v. Guido  ...   Firefighters, John Guido and Dennis Rankin, filed suit, alleging that their termination violated the Age Discrimination Act (ADEA).     The Fire District responded that it was too small to qualify as an “employer” under the ADEA.     The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, unlike private employers, government entities are covered by ADEA regardless of number of employees.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Nov 7, 2018  ...  Fed. Cir.:  U.S. Capitol Police v. Office Of Compliance  ...   These appeals involve a negotiability dispute between the U.S. Capitol Police (“Police”) and the Fraternal Order of Police, District of Columbia Lodge No. 1 (“Union”).     The dispute arose during negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) to replace the parties’ current CBA.     The Police proposed draft language that changed the existing agreement by excluding employee terminations from the scope of the CBA’s grievance and arbitration procedures, and the Union proposed removing the Police’s proposed language and adding language to ensure that terminations would continue to be covered by the grievance procedures.     The Police refused to negotiate over the Union’s proposals. The Office of Compliance Board of Directors (“Compliance Board”) found the Union’s proposals negotiable and ordered the Police to bar- gain with the Union.     The Police petitions for review of the Compliance Board’s negotiability decision.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

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☀       Nov 6, 2018  ...  Cal. Ct. App.:  Ramos v. Super. Ct.  ...   Constance Ramos, an experienced litigator and patent practitioner with a doctorate in biophysics, was hired as an “Income Partner” at the law firm Winston & Strawn, LLP (Winston).   ...   After allegedly being denied recognition for her work, excluded from opportunities for career advancement, evaluated based on the success of her male colleagues, and denied compensation and bonuses to which she was entitled, Ramos sued Winston, asserting various causes of action under state law for discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and anti-fair-pay practices.  ..  COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Nov 6, 2018  ...  9th Cir.:  Lucchetti v. US DOI  ...   Enrico Lucchetti claims he was terminated as a maintenance worker because of his disclosures about unsafe entries into confined spaces.     Interior insists Lucchetti was terminated for unprofessional conduct and misuse of government buildings.  ..  COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Nov 6, 2018  ...  FLRA:  NTEU v. IRS  ...   Recognizing that these parties have already negotiated over how employees address individual workload concerns, we find that the Agency has no obligation to bargain over a proposal that addresses that same topic after a change in assignment procedures.  ..  FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Nov 5, 2018  ...  N.M.C.C.A.:  U.S. v. Cox  ...   I'M NOT A COKE-HEAD MARINE ... I'M A FEMALE "VICTIM".  ...   A military judge sitting as a special court-martial convicted the appellant, contrary to her plea, of one specification of wrongful use of cocaine in violation of Article [...].     The military judge sentenced the appellant to sixty days’ confinement, reduction to pay grade E-1, and a bad-conduct discharge.     The convening authority approved the sentence as adjudged and, except for the bad-conduct discharge, ordered it executed.     The appellant raises three assignments of error:  ..  COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Nov 5, 2018  ...  10th Cir.:  Bryant v. Postal  ...   WHEN A WIN IS JUST A PRELUDE TO A LOSS ..  Lakesha Bryant filed suit pro se in 2017, alleging that the Postal Service had racially discriminated against her when it terminated her employment.     Here, Ms. Bryant appeals the district court’s dismissal of her suit.  ..  COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Nov 2, 2018  ...  7th Cir.:  Young v. Brennan ..  SUPERVISORS BEWARE OF YOUR NO-GOOD EMPLOYEES' ATTENDANCE.  ..  Robert Young contends that the United States Postal Service discriminated against him based on his race, sex, and age by demoting him from a supervisor to a “part-time flexible” carrier.     Young, who is 53 years old and black, had worked as a supervisor for the Postal Service for about a decade until an incident arose with regard to his timekeeping of one subordinate employee. Management discovered in 2010 that, over the course of several months, Young had been improperly inputting hours on a subordinate employee’s time card while that employee was absent from work without leave.     As a supervisor, Young was responsible for maintaining accurate timekeeping records and approving them to authorize payment.  ..  DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Nov 2, 2018  ...  FLRA:  Defense (DLA) v. AFGE  ...   HOW CAN THESE SHADY ARBITRATORS KEEP PRACTICING ?  ...   Arbitrator Marshall A. Snider found that the Agency violated the parties’ agreement by providing an insufficiently specific justification for its denial of the grievant’s request to telework full time from Las Vegas, Nevada, notwithstanding that the Agency is located in Ogden, Utah.     Applying the framework articulated in U.S. DOJ, Federal BOP (DOJ),[1] we find that the Arbitrator’s awarded remedies do not reasonably and proportionally relate to the Agency’s contractual violation,     and we vacate the award as contrary to management’s right to determine its organization under § 7106(a)(1) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute).   ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Nov 1, 2018  ...  FLRA:  IRS v. NTEU  ...   As relevant here, the Union filed two grievances on behalf of an individual taxpayer advisory specialist (the grievant) against her supervisor (the supervisor). This case concerns Arbitrator I. B. Helburn’s resolution of those two grievances in a single award issued on August 17, 2017.     The Arbitrator found that, in various ways, the Agency violated the parties’ collective‑bargaining agreement, Agency regulations, the FLSA, the Rehab Act, and the Civil Rights Act.     The Agency argues that the Arbitrator exceeded his authority and was biased, and that the award is contrary to law and based on a nonfact.   ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 31, 2018  ...  DOI OIG:  Porn-Site-Lovin Interior Employee Creates Openings To Russian Data Thieves.       A common goal of malware is to steal confidential information while spreading to other systems.     The DOI Office of lnspector General (OIG) initiated an investigation into suspicious internet traffic discovered during an IT security audit of the computer network at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Sioux Falls, SD.     The audit found indications that USGS employee computer was compromised and infected with malware.     We found that _____ knowingly used U.S. Government laptop to visit adult pornography websites. Many of the 9,000 web pages _____ visited routed through websites that originated in Russia and contained malware. ... many of the pornographic images were subsequently saved to an unauthorized USB device and personal Android cell phone connected to _____ Government-issued computer. We found that- personal cell phone was also infected with malware.     DOI OIG MANAGEMENT ADVISORY:   PDF

☀       Oct 30, 2018  ...  DOI OIG:  BLM Manager Engaged in Sexual Misconduct.       The OIG investigated allegations that a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manager sent pornographic images and sexually suggestive instant messages from his Government computer and personal cellphone to a subordinate employee. The complainant further alleged that the BLM manager installed cameras in the district office to monitor employees and had misused Federal money to buy a 72-inch TV and office furniture.      Summary   PDF

☀       Oct 30, 2018  ...  11th Cir.:  Payne v. VA  ...   Payne’s claims arise out of his attempt to get administrative relief from the EEOC for his termination from the IRS, where he was working through an unpaid VA vocational training program. During the EEOC proceedings, the IRS submitted two declarations from a VA employee, Jennifer Kler. An Administrative Judge relied on Kler’s declarations in granting partial summary judgment to Payne and partial summary judgment to the IRS.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 29, 2018  ...  Fed. Cl.:  Broughton v. U.S.  ...   Plaintiff Darlene M. Broughton, a veteran, generally alleges that from 2005 to 2009,while she was emploved bv the VA in Denver, Colorado, and Seattle, Washington, she was repeatedly exposed to trur*aou. waste odors at her workspace, causing her to suffer hypoxia that required medical treatment.     Plaintiff filed suit seeking monetary damages for injuries she sustained.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 29, 2018  ...  11th Cir.:  Bartell v. Fulton  ...   Plaintiff, a black female, began working for Fulton County, Georgia as a Nutritionist in the Women, Infants, and Children (“WIC”) Program in 1994.     Plaintiff Lisa Bartell appeals the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of her former employer Fulton County, Georgia (“Defendant”) on her claims of race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 29, 2018  ...  11th Cir.:  Howard v. Hyundai  ...   At all times relevant to this appeal, Hyundai operated an automobile manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Alabama. In June 2012, Hyundai hired Howard to work as a paint inspector. In February 2015, Hyundai terminated Howard’s employment following an investigation stemming from a workplace confrontation involving Howard and one or more of his coworkers.     Howard, who is black, alleged in his complaint that Hyundai discriminated against him on account of his race when it terminated his employment. In his complaint, Howard alleged the following facts surrounding a February 2015 incident between himself and a white coworker, Josh Denham.     Denham began verbally attacking him for taking sick leave due to an illness and then gave Chris Arnold, a white supervisor, a broken tool to give to Howard as a part of the harassment. Denham continued the harassment, telling Howard that he would have him fired and that Arnold and another white supervisor, Jeff Todd, would serve as his witnesses to the argument.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 26, 2018  ...  6th Cir.:  DePalma v. Air Force ..  Dr. Margaret DePalma (“Dr. DePalma”), a former United States Air Force employee at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (“WPAFB”) in Ohio, brought claims for sex discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. She brought these claims against her employer, Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force, after she was terminated from her position as a historian. Dr. DePalma alleged that her male supervisor at the Air Force base discriminated and retaliated against her after she filed an internal grievance, and later informal and formal EEOC complaints, against him. ..  COURT DECISION:  (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 26, 2018  ...  D.D.C.:  Routier v. Ross (Commerce)  ...   Plaintiff Ramses Routier worked as a GS-13 Electronics Engineer in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce. A 62-year-old man of Haitian descent with 27 years of federal-service experience, Routier’s government career ended when he was removed from his position in fall 2016 by his supervisors, Binyam Tadesse and Dr. Darlene Drazenovich, for poor workplace performance. Believing his supervisors had discriminated and retaliated against him — and had subjected him to a hostile work environment — Plaintiff brought suit here.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

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☀       Oct 25, 2018  ...  FLRA:  Homeland v. AFGE  ...   Arbitrator Michael Anthony Marr found that the Agency violated the compassionate transfer policy when it denied the grievant’s transfer request, and ordered the Agency to place him on the transfer list. However, one month before the award issued, the grievant was offered, and accepted, a transfer to the requested duty station, but neither party notified the Arbitrator.   ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 25, 2018  ...  Fed. Cir.:  MacLean v. Homeland  ...   This case has a long history. Although we provide a brief summary of the relevant facts below, the circumstances of Mr. MacLean’s removal and subsequent reinstatement as a federal air marshal (“FAM”) are set forth more fully in previous opinions.     This appeal concerns the MSPB’s denial of Mr. MacLean’s post-reinstatement requests for certain consequential damages, retroactive promotion, and an evidentiary hearing.  ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

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☀       Oct 24, 2018  ...  FLRA:  State v. NFFE  ...   The Agency announced vacancy announcements for two Pathways Internship Program (Program) positions, but posted the announcements for less than three weeks.     Article 15, Section 3(d) of the parties’ agreement requires that vacancy announcements be posted for three weeks. The Union filed a grievance alleging that the Agency violated the agreement.     The Agency denied the grievance. The Agency asserted, as relevant here, that the Union could not challenge the vacancy announcements because they were posted by Shared Services, a separate Agency component with which the Union has no representational recognition. The Agency also asserted that there is a past practice under which vacancy announcements are posted for less than three weeks.   ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 24, 2018  ...  10th Cir.:  Herrera v. United Airlines  ...   In this employment discrimination case, Plaintiff-Appellant Joel Herrera argues his former employer, Defendant-Appellee United Airlines, Inc. (United), unlawfully terminated his employment because of his Hispanic national origin.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 23, 2018  ...  7th Cir.:  Tarpley v.  City Colleges of Chicago  ...   Elizabeth Tarpley was the IT Director at City Colleges of Chicago’s Kennedy King College (KKC). Tarpley asserts that City Colleges of Chicago (City Colleges) failed to provide her a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and subjected her to a hostile work environment and constructively discharged her in violation of Title VII and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 23, 2018  ...  D.D.C.R:  Norris  v. WAMTA  ...   Terri Norris, an employee of Defendant Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (“WMATA”), brought this action alleging quid pro quo sexual harassment, hostile work environment, gender discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 22, 2018  ..  JUSTICE OIG INVESTIGATION:  / U.S. Marshals Service ... Gross Mismanagement     / FBI ... Accepting Gifts and Lack of Candor

☀       Oct 22, 2018  ...  3rd Cir.:  Kilpatrick v. VA Secretary ...  In 2003, Kilpatrick began working at the VA Philadelphia Regional Office as an information technology specialist. In January 2009, Kilpatrick received a new work computer. He was instructed to transfer his data and programs to his new computer. A VA system administrator discovered that Kilpatrick had, without permission, used a password reset program to create a new administrator password and installed a memory chip that he removed from an unused computer.     After an investigation, [the VA] decided to terminate Kilpatrick’s employment effective June 5, 2009.  ..  DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 22, 2018  ...  FLRA:  Export-Import Bank v. AFGE  ...    In this case, the Authority must address an issue that has not recently come before it. The Agency filed a petition under § 2422.1(b)(2) of the Authority’s Regulations[1] alleging that it has a good faith doubt, based on objective considerations, that the currently recognized labor organization represents a majority of the employees in the existing unit (good faith doubt).[2]     The Regional Director (RD) found that the Agency failed to demonstrate a good faith doubt and dismissed the Agency’s petition. The Agency now files an application for review of that decision.   ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 19, 2018  ...  FLRA:  Labor  v. AFGE  ...   PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES, TERM APPOINTEES AND SIMILAR TIME-LIMITED APPOINTEES MAY NOT FILE GRIEVANCES CHALLENGING AN AGENCY’S DECISION CONCERNING EXTENDING, CONVERTING, OR ENDING THEIR EMPLOYMENT.  ...   The issue in this case is whether a student intern (the grievant) serving under a term appointment may grieve the Agency’s decision not to convert her to a permanent position at the end of her appointment.     Although Arbitrator Salvatore J. Arrigo found that the Agency had violated the grievant’s contractual and statutory due-process rights in processing her “termination,”[1] we find that the Arbitrator lacked jurisdiction to resolve the grievance in the first place.     And we take this opportunity to clarify that, like probationary employees, term appointees and similar time-limited appointees may not file grievances challenging an agency’s decision concerning extending, converting, or ending their employment.   ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       Oct 15, 2018  ...  FLRA:  VA v. AFGE ..  The Union grieved the Agency’s failure to process union dues-deduction forms for its bargaining‑unit employees.     Arbitrator Garvin Lee Oliver found that the Agency violated the parties’ agreement and 5 U.S.C. §§ 7115(a), and 7116(a)(1) and (8) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute)[1] when it did not process the forms in a timely manner.     The Arbitrator awarded several remedies, but the Agency challenges only the remedial posting ordered by the Arbitrator. On this point, the Agency argues that the Arbitrator exceeded his authority by addressing a statutory violation that the Union did not present at arbitration.  ..  DECISION:  (pdf)   (html)


☀       Oct 15, 2018  ...  D.D.C.:  Iglesias v. USAID  ...   The United States Agency for International Development, Office of Inspector General (“USAID-OIG”), recommended firing one of its auditors, Likza Iglesias, after an investigation prompted by an anonymous complaint determined she intentionally had submitted false claims for reimbursement.     Iglesias contested USAID-OIG’s decision, claiming that any inaccuracies in her submissions were unintentional and that the anonymous complaint, the investigation, and her proposed removal from the Foreign Service were retaliation for two audit findings she had made, both of which she claimed were protected disclosures under the Whistleblower Protection Act.     The Foreign Service Grievance Board (“FSGB” or “Board”) upheld USAID-OIG’s recommendation, concluding that Iglesias intentionally had submitted false claims and that there was no evidence of any connection between the audit disclosures and the subsequent investigation or her proposed removal.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       Oct 12, 2018  ...  OPM:  ANNOUNCING GOVERNMENT-WIDE DIRECT HIRE APPOINTING AUTHORITY    OPM

☀       Oct 12, 2018  ...  D.D.C.:  Pendergrass v. WMATA  ...   Mr. Pendergrass is an African-American male. He applied for a position as a Bus Operator with WMATA in the fall of 2017 and received a contingent offer of employment from WMATA on October 6, 2017.      First Choice Background Company performed his background check. On November 17, 2017, WMATA notified Mr. Pendergrass that he was ineligible for employment due to his prior conviction for a non-violent offense.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       OPM: INTERPRETIVE GUIDANCE ON SECTION 5 ENSURING INTEGRITY OF PERSONNEL FILES CONTAINED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13839    OPM

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☀       Oct 9, 2018  ...  N.M.C.C.A.:  US (Navy) v. Bess  ...   X-RAY TECH THOUGHT HE WAS BARRY WHITE:   "TAKE IT OFF"  ...   The appellant is an x-ray technician who was assigned to the Naval Air Station Oceana Branch Health Clinic (Oceana Clinic), Virginia Beach, Virginia.     While in the performance of his duties at the clinic in February 2011, the appellant told female patient, PG, that she had to be naked while he took her x-rays. PG complied by removing her clothing, and the appellant purportedly took x-rays of her.     The appellant appeared to take x-rays of the woman in several positions while she was completely naked.     These positions included having PG lay on her stomach and stick her buttocks in the air and get into a “frog-like position.”   The positions completely exposed PG’s naked vaginal area to the appellant.  ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       Oct 9, 2018  ...  FLRA:  SBA v. AFGE  ...   LABOR RELATIONS SPECIALISTS ... TAKE HEED:      TELL AFGE      "NO MO TEMP PROMO"  ...   The Union filed a grievance on behalf of thirty‑one employees (the grievants) alleging that, on an “ongoing” basis, the Agency violated Article 27, Section 1 (Article 27-1) and Article 31, Section 4 (Article 31-4) of the parties’ collective‑bargaining agreement.[3] Article 27-1 allows employees to file a grievance if they believe that their position descriptions are not accurate.      Article 31-4 states that if the Agency details an employee to a higher-graded position for more than thirty days, it will temporarily promote the employee to that position on the thirty-first day.      In this case, we apply the recently announced rule for whether a grievance impermissibly involves classification under § 7121(c)(5) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute),[1] and we determine that the dispute at issue, for thirty-one grievants, is barred.      Therefore, we find that the Union’s claim fails to allege that the Agency expressly assigned the grievants the duties of any specific higher-graded positions, and we find that the grievance involved classification.[25] Accordingly, we conclude that § 7121(c)(5) bars the grievance, and we set aside the interim award as contrary to law.   ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       Oct 5, 2018  ...  10th Cir.:  Payan v. UPS  ...   Mr. Payan, who is Hispanic, has worked for United Parcel Service (“UPS”) since 1991. He worked his way through the ranks and in 2006 was promoted to Security Manager of the Desert Mountain Salt Lake City Division.     Around 2009, Charles Martinez, also Hispanic, became the supervisor of UPS’s Great Basin District, which encompassed the Salt Lake City security division. This made Mr. Martinez Mr. Payan’s direct supervisor.     Mr. Payan was considered a “Ready Now” candidate until Mr. Martinez informed him in early 2010 that he no longer considered him to be “ready now.” UPS uses the “Ready Now” list to determine candidates for promotions, so Mr. Payan’s removal from the list meant that he could no longer be considered for promotions.     Charles Payan appeals the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of UPS in relation to his claims for racial discrimination and retaliation. .  ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 4, 2018  ...  Fed. Cir.:  Jolley v. MSPB  ...   Mr. Jolley is a preference-eligible veteran who served with the U.S. Air Force for nine years before being honor- ably discharged in 1959. Mr. Jolley is also a former employee of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 2008, HUD transferred Mr. Jolley from his GS-15 Operations Specialist position in Jacksonville, Florida, to a GS-15 Field Office Director position in Boise, Idaho. He retired on March 31, 2010.     In 2017, Mr. Jolley applied for two HUD vacancies and was not selected to fill either vacancy. On September 27, 2017, Mr. Jolley filed an appeal with the Board alleg- ing that: (1) HUD, as reprisal for Mr. Jolley’s pre-2008 allegations that HUD had violated USERRA when it in 2008 reassigned him from Jacksonville, Florida, to Boise, Idaho; and (2) HUD’s use of “dual announcements” in the two vacancies Mr. Jolley applied for in 2017 violated USERRA and VEOA by failing to fairly evaluate his applications for those vacancies.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       Oct 4, 2018  ...  Fed. Cir.:  Ogburn v. MSPB  ...   Launa Golddeen Ogburn (“Ogburn”) appeals from the decision of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (the “Board”), dismissing her appeal for lack of jurisdiction.     BACKGROUND    Ogburn was employed with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (“ODNI”) as the Executive Sup- port Assistant until her retirement on or around October 7, 2012. In May 2012, the Office of Personnel Manage- ment (“OPM”) issued a letter informing Ogburn of its approval of her disability retirement application under the Federal Employees Retirement System (“FERS”).     In August 2016, after Ogburn’s request for an explanation of her benefits, OPM issued a letter explaining the computa- tion of her FERS annuity and a breakdown of her retire- ment benefit calculations. On June 20, 2017, OPM issued an initial decision concerning, inter alia, her FERS disa- bility retirement formula and computation, cost of living allowance adjustments, and “profile” and case status. R.A. 28–32.     Upon Ogburn’s request for reconsideration, OPM issued its final decision on October 31, 2017, affirm- ing its June 20, 2017 initial decision. On November 21, 2017, Ogburn appealed OPM’s final decision to the Board.  ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


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☀       Oct 2, 2018  ...  AFCCA:  U.S. v. Harrington  ...   HOT MILITARY SEX GAMES: WHAT SHE DID SOBER ... BEFORE HER DRUNKEN SEX VICTIM CLAIM.  ...   In January 2016, Appellant and Senior Airman (SrA) FC were co-workers stationed at Creech Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada. On 30 January 2016, SrA FC and her then-boyfriend agreed to end their relationship. Later that day, SrA FC attended a party at the off-base residence of another co-worker, Staff Sergeant (SSgt) KW.     Appellant and several other individuals, mostly Airmen, also attended the party. SrA FC’s recently-estranged boyfriend and Appellant’s wife did not attend. SrA FC and Appellant had no prior sexual relationship.      Appellant, SrA FC, and several others played adult party games.      Of note, one game was an “adult” or “drinking” version of Jenga that involved removing individual blocks from a tower of blocks. In the version of the game they played, each block had an instruction printed on it for the participant to perform, often of a titillating nature—for example, removing an article of clothing or electing to take a “body shot” of alcohol from a location on another player’s body. In the course of the game, SrA FC removed her pants, and Appellant elected to take “body shots” from SrA FC’s mouth, from her cleavage, and from between her buttocks. SrA FC permitted Appellant to do so.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 2, 2018  ...  FLRA:  Justice (Prisons) v. AFGE  ...   In this case, we are once again called upon to examine the reach and outer limits of a negotiated grievance procedure. Specifically, we must decide whether those procedures can reach into decisions concerning the medical competency of an intern training to become a clinical psychologist.     Arbitrator Stephen Fischer found that the Agency violated the parties’ collective-bargaining agreement, American Psychology Association (APA) regulations, Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center regulations, and Agency rules and program statements when it refused to issue the intern a certificate of completion at the end of a doctoral internship. As a remedy, the Arbitrator ordered the Agency to pay the intern $1,288,500 in front pay—the twenty‑five year difference in median wages between a psychologist and a mental health counselor.     The main question before us is whether the complaint[2] filed by the Union constitutes a “grievance” as that term is defined by the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute).   ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Oct 2, 2018  ...  FLRA:  SBA v. AFGE  ...   Over the span of only a few months, the Union filed two grievances. The first grievance alleged that the Agency violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the parties’ agreement when it designated bargaining-unit employees as FLSA‑exempt, and so failed to properly pay overtime to the grievants. The second grievance alleged that the Agency failed to fully participate in the first grievance. The parties hired Arbitrator Andrée Y. McKissick to resolve the second grievance. On May 14, 2016, Arbitrator McKissick found that the second grievance was arbitrable and she unilaterally assumed jurisdiction over the first grievance. She then issued a number of subsequent orders and awards.     The Agency has filed two sets of exceptions:   ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀        Oct 01, 2018  ...  FLRA:  AFGE  v. VA   (pdf)   (html)        Air Force  v. AFGE   (pdf)   (html)        Justice  v. AFGE   (pdf)   (html)

☀       Sep 28, 2018  ...  FLRA:  Defense  v. FEA   (pdf)   (html)        Air Force  v. AFGE   (pdf)   (html)        VA  v. AFGE   (pdf)   (html)

☀       Sep 27, 2018  ...  FLRA:  NAVY (Norfolf) v. IBPO  ...   Earlier this year the Authority set aside the award in U.S. Department of the Navy, Navy Region Mid‑Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia (Navy).[1] In that decision, the Authority reviewed and corrected its interpretation of § 7116(d)[2] to hue closer to the plain terms of the Statute so that parties could no longer avoid the Statute’s choice-of-forum provision through artful pleadings.     The Union now files a motion for reconsideration of Navy under § 2429.17 of the Authority’s Regulations.[3]     The question before us is whether the Union has established extraordinary circumstances that warrant reconsideration of Navy.    DECISION:  (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Sep 27, 2018  ...  6th Cir.:  Bullington v.  Bedford Cty  ...   FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS, WE VACATE THE DISTRICT COURT’S JUDGMENT.  ...   Plaintiff Kaleena Bullington (“Bullington”) worked as a dispatcher at the Bedford County Sherriff’s Department (“Department”) for over eight years.     Sometime during this period, Bullington had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer, which she treated with chemotherapy. The chemotherapy, however, caused neuropathy and scar tissue in Bullington’s lungs, so Bullington needed additional treatment.     Because of her diagnosis and treatment, Bullington asserts that the Department treated her differently than the other employees.     Bullington brought this suit in the district court and alleged four causes of action in her second amended complaint:     The district court granted judgment on the pleadings to Defendants Bedford County, Tennessee (“Defendants”).  ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       Sep 27, 2018  ...  Cal. Ct. App.:  Sumner v. Simpson University  ...   ARE CHURCHES FREE TO DISCRIMINATE AT WILL ?  ...   “The First Amendment guarantees to a religious institution the right to decide matters affecting its ministers’ employment, free from the scrutiny and second-guessing of the civil courts.”     The so-called ministerial exception is “a ‘nonstatutory, constitutionally compelled’ exception to federal civil rights legislation. [Citation.] The idea is that the law should not be construed to govern the relationship of a church and its ministers.”     The Supreme Court has concluded that the ministerial exception bars a minister’s employment discrimination suit based on the church’s decision to fire her.     The Supreme Court has not decided whether the exception bars a breach of contract or tort action.     That is the issue we decide in this case. COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       Sep 26, 2018  ...  FLRA:  VA (Denver) v. AFGE  ...   LIKE THE 5 STAIRSTEPS SAID ... "You Waited Too Long"  ...   The Regional Director of the Denver Region of the Federal Labor Relations Authority issued three unfair‑labor‑practice (ULP) complaints alleging that the Respondent violated §§ 7102 and 7116(a)(1) and (2) of the Federal Service Labor‑Management Relations Statute (Statute)[1] by investigating a Union steward’s use of official time, conducting an investigation into the steward’s meeting with an employee, and suspending the steward for two days.  ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 26, 2018  ...  FLRA:  IUPEDJ v. PBGC  ...   In this case we must address, yet once again, the Respondent Union’s (the Union’s) long-standing attempts to evade certain provisions in a binding collective‑bargaining agreement (CBA) and a binding memorandum of agreement (MOA) concerning the selection of arbitrators.[1] We adopt, with only slight modification, the recommend decision and order of Chief Administrative Law Judge Charles R. Center (Judge)[2] that found the Union had engaged in such “reprehensible behavior” before various arbitrators, who had comprised the pool for the negotiated grievance procedure for their agreement, that the Union committed more than one unfair labor practice (ULP).  ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       OPM: HR FLEXIBILITIES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE HURRICANE SEASON    OPM

☀       September 25, 2018  ...  DcDc:  Furey v. Mnuchin (Treasury)  ...   Plaintiff, Helen Furey, identifies herself as a fifty-year old Asian woman of Chinese national origin.     She began working for the Department of Treasury on January 31, 2010 as an IT Specialist in the Department Offices Operations division of the Office of the Chief Information Officer.     This case arises out of plaintiff Helen Furey’s termination from her employment as an Information Technology (“IT”) Specialist at the United States Department of Treasury.     Plaintiff claims that the agency violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act when it subjected her to a hostile work environment; discriminated against her based on her race, national origin, and age; and retaliated against her for engaging in protected activity under both statutes.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 24, 2018  ...  3rd Cir.:  Marley v. Postal  ...   Mary-Ellen Marley, who was a long-time employee of the United States Postal Service, initially filed a ten-count complaint against the Postal Service and the Postmaster General.     The District Court granted the Postmaster’s motion, concluding that Marley had not established a prima facie case of retaliation, as she had not proffered evidence that showed that adverse employment actions taken against her were caused by any of her protected activity.     Mary-Ellen Marley appeals the order of the United States District Court.  ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 21, 2018  ...  DcDc:  Raven v. U.S. (Smithsonian)  ...   “TOO ‘PRO-TRUMP,’” “TOO POLITICAL” “NOT NEUTRAL ENOUGH,”  ...   Artist Julian Raven brought this action against the United States and senior leaders of the National Portrait Gallery over the Gallery’s refusal to exhibit his portrait of then-President-elect Donald Trump.     Mr. Raven claims that the decision was motivated by political bias, violating his rights under the First and Fifth Amendments.     He may be right about the motivation, but he is wrong about the law.  ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 20, 2018  ...  FLRA:  Navy v. NAIL  ...   Arbitrator Edward B. Valverde issued an award finding that the Agency was required to pay an employee (the grievant) certain overtime.     The Arbitrator interpreted Article 30, Section 5 of the parties’ agreement (Article 30) as mandating the overtime, despite the fact that U.S. Department of Defense Instruction 1400.25‑V810 (the Instruction) prohibits it.     Because the Arbitrator’s interpretation of Article 30 is irrational and implausible, we find that the award fails to draw its essence from the parties’ agreement.  ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 18, 2018  ...  9th Cir.:  Taylor v. BNSF  ...   Casey Taylor alleges in part that his prospective employer, BNSF Railway Company (BNSF), discriminated against him in violation of the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) when it perceived him to be physically impaired and, as a result, withdrew his employment offer. This appeal raises an important question of Washington law: whether and when obesity qualifies as an “impairment”.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 18, 2018  ...  5th Cir.:  King v. State of LA   ...   AFRICAN-AMERICAN ... QUALIFIED FOR THE POSITION ... NOT SELECTED.  ...   Angela Roberson-King worked as a rehabilitation counselor at Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS), a division of Louisiana’s Office of Workforce Development. In 2014, she applied to become a district supervisor at LRS. She interviewed for the position but did not receive it.     Roberson-King then sued LRS in federal district court, alleging that she was denied a promotion because of her race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Louisiana tort law.     It is undisputed that Roberson-King has established a prima facie case of employment discrimination. She is African-American and was qualified for the district supervisor position.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 14, 2018  ...  FLRA:  AFGE v. Homeland (Glynco)  ...   Arbitrator James M. Klein awarded the Union attorney fees but reduced the requested amount. The main question before us is whether that award is contrary to law because, according to the Union, the Arbitrator failed to make specific findings to support the reduction.       BACKGROUND:   The Agency removed an employee (the grievant) from employment for misconduct, and the grievant appealed the action to the MSPB. Months later, the Agency notified the MSPB that it intended to rescind the grievant’s removal and return him to work. As a result, the MSPB dismissed the grievant’s appeal without prejudice to his right to refile it if the Agency failed to return him to his previous position.     On March 25, 2015 – shortly after the Agency rescinded the grievant’s removal – the Agency proposed to suspend the grievant for fourteen days for the same alleged misconduct that gave rise to the rescinded removal. Thereafter, the grievant refiled his MSPB appeal concerning the removal, and the MSPB ordered the grievant to show cause why the appeal should not be dismissed as moot.   ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 14, 2018  ...  11th Cir.:  Koeppel v. Valencia College  ...   WHAT HIS HEARTS WANTS    &    WHAT HER BOYFRIEND DON'T.  ...   Jeffrey Koeppel met Jane Roe (pseudonym) during the summer of 2014 when they were assigned to the same biology lab group at Valencia College, a public college in Florida. Because they were assigned to work together, they exchanged phone numbers and would occasionally talk outside of class. As the semester went on, the 42-year-old Koeppel began to develop feelings for the 24- year-old Jane that were not purely academic.     A few days before the fall semester began, Koeppel saw something online that made him think that Jane was single. Ever hopeful, on August 3 he sent her a text message telling her once again that he had feelings for her: “So im saying I am interest[ed] in you . . .     Jane Roe sent the following reply text: I have told you that I just want this to be class related [because] I am with someone who I’ve been seeing for 3 years now . . And we live together . . So I don’t know if i gave you the wrong impression or whatever the case may be . . But I do have a serious [boyfriend] and really just thought we were studying and getting through the class.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 13, 2018  ...  DcDc:  Hillier v. CIA  ...    For the past six years, Mr. Hillier has sought records that he believes DHS, Department of State, and CIA possess. His quest began in early 2012 when he sent letters to these agencies asking whether certain record systems contained records about him.     Each agency processed Hillier’s requests under both the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552a, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. §552.     But none of the agencies provided records to Hillier because (1) none were found, (2) the relevant record systems were statutorily exempt from the Privacy Act and FOIA, or (3) the CIA could neither confirm nor deny the existence of records that might reveal a classified relationship with the agency.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 12, 2018  ...  DcDc:  Deppner v. Spectrum  ...   UNCROSS YOUR LEGS "HONEY BUNNY" SO I CAN CHECK FOR BED BUGS.  ...   Ms. Deppner brings these Title VII and District of Columbia Human Rights Act (DCHRA) actions against her former employer, Spectrum Healthcare Resources, asserting that it discriminated against her based on national origin, subjected her to a hostile work environment, and retaliated against her for engaging in protected activity.     Ms. Deppner also brings a DCHRA action against her former supervisor, Jerl Huling, in his individual capacity, asserting that he did the same.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 12, 2018  ...  7th Cir.:  Frey v. Hotel Coleman  ...   Vaughn hired the plaintiff, Bogustawa Frey, in August 2008, to work in the Hotel’s guest services department. Frey alleged that, shortly after Vaughn hired her, he began to sub‐ ject her to unwelcome and inappropriate sexual comments and advances.     According to Frey, Vaughn subjected her to comments such as the following: he could have any woman he wanted; she should put a penny in a jar every time she had sex with her husband; she had a sexy body. He also asked her if he could touch her stomach, invited her to join him in a hotel room, and told her he wanted to have phone sex with her. Frey objected to the comments and complained to the housekeeping manager, but when that manager informed Vaughn, he laughed off the complaints and the behavior went unchecked.     After Frey informed Vaughn that she was pregnant (in June 2009), Vaughn reduced her hours on the schedule, rescinded a promise he had made to promote her to a sales manager position with a much higher salary, assigned her to work the night shift without paying her the extra amount normally associated with that position, failed to consider her for a front desk position which would have paid an additional $3 per hour, and asked her to perform duties that she complained were difficult for her due to her pregnancy.     He also told her that her pregnancy would ruin her sexy body and that her sex life with her husband was over.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 11, 2018  ...  3rd Cir.:  Long v. SEPTA  ...   This case raises again the frequently-litigated question of whether violation of a statute—here, the Fair Credit Reporting Act—is an injury in fact that satisfies the Constitution’s “case or controversy” requirement.     BACKGROUND:  The complaint alleges the following facts. The three named plaintiffs were convicted of drug offenses in the relatively distant past: Michael White in 2006 and 2007, Joseph Shipley in 2001, and Frank Long in 1997. More recently, Plaintiffs applied to Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) for jobs that involved operating vehicles. Each Plaintiff filled out a form disclosing his criminal history and authorizing SEPTA to obtain a background check. Initially, Plaintiffs’ job applications seemed to meet with success: each received an offer or was given information about when to start training.     Ultimately, though, SEPTA denied employment to Plaintiffs.  ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 11, 2018  ...  7th Cir.:  EEOC v. COSTCO  ...   Dawn Suppo, an employee of Costco Wholesale Corporation, was stalked by Thad Thompson, a customer of Costco, for over a year.     Things got so bad at the end that Suppo secured a plenary no-contact order from an Illinois state court.     Traumatized by the experience, she also took an unpaid medical leave, and when she didn’t come back, Costco terminated her employment.     The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Costco on Suppo’s behalf, alleging that Costco had subjected her to a hostile work environment by tolerating Thompson’s harassment. After the jury rendered a verdict in the EEOC’s favor, Costco moved for judgment as a matter of law and the EEOC moved for backpay. The district court denied both motions, and both parties appeal.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 10, 2018  ...  2d Cir.:  Osby v. New York ...  Appellant Tammy S. Osby, proceeding pro se, appeals the District Court’s judgment dismissing her claims against her employer, the New York City Department of Probation (“DOP”), for disability discrimination and retaliation. She alleged that after she underwent knee surgery in 2012, the DOP discriminated against her in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”),{}... and that it then unlawfully retaliated against her for filing complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). .  ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 7, 2018  ...  DcDc:  Franklin v. Capitol Hilton Hotel ...  Plaintiff puts forth allegations that he was improperly terminated from employment based on his disability. He alleges that suffers from diabetes ketoacidosis.     He claims that he was fired for “job abandonment;” however, he further alleges that he was in the hospital, and that Defendant was aware of his circumstances and condition.     He posits that he was informed that he could return to work, though he was still experiencing some health complications. Plaintiff alleges that he was unfairly removed from his position under the guise of lack of attendance when it was, in fact, solely related to his disability.  ...  COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 6, 2018  ...  11th Cir.:  Jones v. Aaron's Inc.  ...   Plaintiff Rosana Jones alleged that her former employer, Aaron’s Inc, terminated her because of her disability and in retaliation for exercising her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and (2) interfered with her rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and retaliated against her for exercising those rights.   ...   COURT DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)


☀       September 5, 2018  ...  FLRA:  VA (Dayton) v. NNU ...  The grievant is a registered nurse. A patient’s wife reported that the grievant verbally abused the patient (the allegation). An Agency Administrative Investigation Board (Investigation Board) investigated the allegation and recommended that the Agency terminate the grievant. The Agency did so. The Union filed a grievance alleging that the termination violated the parties’ collective-bargaining agreement because the Agency lacked just cause.    ...    In this case, we find that we do not have jurisdiction over exceptions to an arbitration award concerning the termination of an employee appointed to the Agency under 38 U.S.C. § 7401(1).  ..  DECISION:  (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       September 5, 2018  ...  FLRA:  IRS v. NTEU  ...   In this case, we revisit those circumstances which will be considered “extraordinary” under which the Authority will address interlocutory appeals. We determine that we will consider an interlocutory exception that raises a defect which, if resolved, will advance the ultimate disposition of the case.     Arbitrator M. David Vaughn issued an award finding the Union’s grievance arbitrable and finding that the Agency violated the parties’ agreement when it delayed approving quality step increases (QSIs). As a remedy, the Arbitrator ordered the parties to negotiate a settlement reconsidering the policy of delaying the approval of QSIs. The Agency filed exceptions to the award.     As pertinent, the Agency argues that the award failed to draw its essence from the parties’ agreement because, despite finding that the grievance was one day late, the Arbitrator found that the grievance was arbitrable. Because the Arbitrator’s interpretation of the parties’ agreement evidences a manifest disregard of that agreement, we grant this exception and vacate the award.  ...   FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       OPM: UPDATED GUIDANCE RELATING TO ENJOINMENT (BLOCKAGE) OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS 13836, 13837, AND 13839:    OPM

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☀       September 4, 2018  ...  NSC:  Brown v. NRWMC ..  Melinda J. Brown appeals from an order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Regional West Medical Center (RWMC) and dismissing her complaint for employment discrimination and retaliatory discharge.    Brown was employed by RWMC as a customer service representative in the patient financial services department. On August 16, 2011, Brown fell in the parking lot of RWMC as she was leaving work, injuring her right hand and wrist. She reported for work the following day, but was instructed to seek medical care shortly after she arrived. Brown notified RWMC of the injury and made a workers’ compensation claim. Despite being cleared to work with certain restrictions as of March 21, 2012, she has not returned to work since that day.    On December 16, 2011, Brown delivered a letter which indicatedt hat she had “limited use of [her] Right hand,” and requested the fol- lowing accommodation: “Want a job that I can come back to after I am cleared by my Doctor . . . .”  ..  DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)

☀       August 31, 2018  ...  FLRA:  VA v. AFGE  ...   In this case, after the conclusion of performance year 2014 (PY 14), the Agency “curved” the productivity standard for the highest performance level of a critical element.     The Union filed a grievance because the Agency implemented the change or curve without bargaining.     The Union also grieved the performance review of one employee. Arbitrator Sandra Mendel Furman denied the grievance concerning the performance review, but found that the Agency had violated the parties’ agreement by not bargaining before it implemented the curve.     The Agency challenges as nonfacts the Arbitrator’s findings.  ..  FLRA DECISION:   (.pdf)   (.html)



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