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As an MSPB appeals attorney can share, the federal workforce comprises over 2 million federal employees. The government (both state and federal) utilizes a system for hiring and promoting employees that is made up of specific criteria based on education, employment history, testing, and job performance. Employees who the government employs, may choose to pursue the appeals process for several reasons, for example:
- A reduction in pay grade
- Furloughs or dismissals of less than 30 days
- Suspensions for more than 14 days
- Whistleblower retaliation
- Denials of pay increases that are within their pay grade
- Layoffs or reduction in force action
The Federal Practice Group has the experience necessary to help civil servants who are facing adverse actions on the part of their employer. Should these actions be unjust, our firm will work tirelessly to help them navigate what can be a complicated process.
What is the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board?
The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board is an extension of the Executive Branch of government. However, it’s important to note that this agency is independent and formed to protect against partisan political practices. The MSPB ensures protection for government employees against violations of the merit systems that include: discrimination, retaliation, improper hiring practices, and an inability to follow the rules and regulations. Our MSPB appeals attorney can share that, while these discriminatory practices are present amongst the U.S. workforce, there is a specific process for taking action through the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board for federal employees. Typically, members of the board serve 7-year terms that are non-renewable. The President appoints members of the board who are then confirmed by the senate.
Steps for Filing an Appeal
The MSPB appeals process is specific, with its own set of complexities. Typically when a person receives a notice that they can appeal with the board, they are provided with the details for pursuing the process. You should have received:
- Provide information regarding timeframes for filing an appeal
- A copy of the board’s regulations
- Provide a copy of the employee’s right to file a grievance
- A copy of the appeal form
To file an appeal, employees must take prompt action with the assistance of an attorney. They can assist with developing a strategy aimed at a favorable resolution. The process is initiated when the appeal is submitted in writing to the office that oversees the jurisdiction of the area where the employee is employed or stationed. In most cases, the employee filing the appeal has 30 days to do so. At times, the board may accept requests past the deadline. However, it’s in your best interest to ensure that all evidence is gathered and the appeal is submitted before the deadline.
It’s important to note that there can be different guidelines and procedures for alleged violations involving the Whistleblowers Protection Act and the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act, to name a few. Our team of attorneys from Federal Practice Group has vast experience and extensive knowledge of managing legal situations involving the U.S. federal government. Schedule a consultation without hesitation to learn more about the representation our MSPB appeals attorney offers.