Need Time Off for Religious Holidays in 2019? Know Your Responsibilities

As summer time-off requests come to an end, it’s time to start thinking about your religious observances and any time off you may need in the coming months. Previous Office of Personnel Management regulations concerning religious compensatory time rules and procedures were thought by many HR professionals to be vague, resulting in inconsistencies amongst agencies. This past spring, OPM issued its long awaited final regulations to clarify provisions concerning religious compensatory time, allowing employees to accrue and use compensatory time for religious purposes. According to OPM, this benefit “support[s] the President’s Management Agenda by clarifying the rules…that in turn help agencies to become careful stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

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Post, Like, Comment, Share – But Check Your Guidelines Every Year

We all like our social media, but is it worth losing your job over?   In just a few short years, social media has become a ubiquitous commodity in the workplace. It allows for employees to make and support professional connections, to collaborate easily and effectively, and to share necessary information in real time. Many agencies have embraced the technology in recent years and use it quite effectively to raise awareness about important public issues, as a crisis communication tool during emergencies, and to build public trust by offering authenticity and transparency.

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Can You Identify with a Fellow Federal Manager?

Bad things happen to good, conscientious, hardworking federal managers.  This week, we highlight the specific exposures of IRS managers in the hope that you will be able to identify your own vulnerabilities.  You may be aware of the various IRS “scandals” over the past few years from watching or reading the news, but have you considered the impact the incredible amount of congressional and media attention and scrutiny these scandals had and continue to have on IRS managers and employees? These fellow managers face exposures every single day that you don’t hear about in the news – just for doing the job they were hired to do.  Read about Catherine Lunderville and Lynda Wadler’s situations.  Lynda had FEDS Protection and worked with her attorneys from the beginning to be able to defend herself successfully.  Catherine, unfortunately didn’t, because she believed the “IRS would cover her as long as she acted within the scope of her employment.”

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Executive Order 13839: Reflections on Accountability and Streamlined Disciplinary Actions

As we quickly approach the one-year anniversary of the Executive Order Promoting Accountability & Streamlining Removal Procedures Consistent with Merit System Principles, we at FEDS Protection believe that while the Executive Order may not have had the impact on the overall federal workforce many anticipated, the spillover effects on the lives of federal managers has left them vulnerable to unprecedented rates of discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower reprisal allegations.

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