There are a variety of factors that contribute to a successful MSPB appeal under the USERRA or VEOA, which are both complicated federal laws designed to protect those in uniform and those who have served. The Federal Practice Group can work with you to build a thorough and compelling case before the MSPB. Our experienced legal team has a long record of success in USERRA and VEOA hearings.
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects the rights of federal employees who are also serving as reservists in the armed services. There are two types of USERRA claims that fall within the MSPB’s jurisdiction:
There are several avenues available to federal employees for redress under USERRA. You may file a complaint with the Department of Labor, which will investigate the complaint and attempt to resolve it if their investigation reveals that the agency committed a USERRA violation. If the Department of Labor cannot resolve the complaint, the Secretary of Labor must provide written notification to the employee, who may then file a USERRA appeal at the MSPB or file a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. A federal employee may also elect to file a USERRA claim directly with the MSPB.
Note: While there is no deadline to file a USERRA complaint, the sooner the better.
The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) is a federal law that provides certain federal employees and applicants with an avenue for relief if an agency violates an employee’s or applicant’s veterans’ preference rights. Those who have veterans’ preference rights include: veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions, veterans who served on active duty during a war, campaign, or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, and disabled veterans.
Before a federal employee or applicant can file a VEOA appeal with the MSPB, they must first file a complaint with the Department of Labor and give the Department of Labor at least 60 days to attempt to resolve the complaint.
There are a variety of factors that contribute to a successful MSPB appeal under the USERRA or VEOA. The Federal Practice Group can work with you to build a thorough and compelling case. Our experienced legal team has a long record of success in USERRA and VEOA hearings before the MSPB.
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