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Agencies Can Punish Employees Who Refuse to Break Rules

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has set a new precedent for the federal workforce by upholding a ruling from the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) wherein a State Department employee was punished for refusing to carry out an assignment that would have gone against federal rules.

Constitutionality of Public Union “Agency Fees” Set for Decision

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For the second time in less than three years, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether requiring public sector employees who are non-paid members of the bargaining unit to pay an “agency fee” to subsidize union activities is unconstitutional.

District Courts to Decide “Mixed Case” Appeals

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Appeals from Merit System Protection Board jurisdictional dismissals of “mixed cases” are properly appealed to federal district court and not to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court held last week.

Supreme Court to Decide Appellate Jurisdiction in Federal Employee “Mixed Case” Appeals

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In the first case argued before Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justices appeared to disagree about how to handle “mixed cases,” alleging both adverse employment actions against federal civil service employees and prohibited discrimination, where the Merit Systems Protection Board concludes it lacks jurisdiction because the employee was not subject to an appealable action.

Supreme Court: Veteran Can’t Be Forced to Indemnify Ex-Spouse When Electing Benefits

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A retired Air Force Veteran’s divorce decree awarded his ex-wife 50 percent of the veteran’s future Air Force retirement pay, but thirteen years after the divorce, the veteran was found partially disabled due to an earlier service-related injury, and elected to give up an equal amount ($250 monthly) of retirement pay in order to receive disability pay – thereby reducing the value of his ex-wife’s 50 percent share by 50 percent of $250. 

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