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February 2017 Archives

2 disabled workers allege discrimination

From discrimination based upon an employee's gender to the rejection of an application solely because of a person's age, there are a number of examples of unlawful discrimination in the workplace. However, some workers may also find themselves facing discrimination because of their disability, which can be very devastating. In Washington, D.C., and across the United States, workers who believe they have been illegally discriminated against because of their disability should not hesitate to stand up for themselves.

Breaking: New Guidance from OPM Regarding Criminal and Financial Background Checks

On January 3, 2017, the Obama administration enacted a rule, "Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (General)" and "Suitability," designed to open federal employment to applicants who have been shut out of federal employment due to prior incarcerations or bad credit. Under the new rule, agencies can request an applicant's criminal or adverse credit history only after they make a conditional offer of employment. Agencies have until March 31, 2017, to come into compliance with the rule.

Employment contracts: security or shackles?

When a company in Washington, D.C., offers you an employment contract, you want to believe that the document is mutually beneficial. While it should protect you from unfair actions and assure the company that you plan to be a good employee, making the assumption that the contract does this could get you into a tight spot.

Appealing a revoked security clearance

Working for the federal government in Washington, D.C., may provide you with many opportunities not available in the private sector. However, if your security clearance has been revoked, you could be facing a number of serious consequences. We at Alan Lescht & Associates, P.C., have often assisted clients in the appeals process following a revoked security clearance.

Was your disciplinary action legal?

If you do not follow your employer’s policies and procedures, you may be at risk of a disciplinary action, or even termination. However, even if you make a serious mistake or fail to meet the Washington, D.C., company’s standards, your employer has both internal and federal guidelines for the corrective action that may be taken. If these are violated, any action taken against you may warrant a formal complaint and investigation.

Are federal workers just faceless bureaucrats?

"Federal employees support our troops stateside and abroad, fight crime and terrorism and protect our borders. They combat forest fires, inspect our roads and bridges and ensure our aviation system is the safest in the world. They guard and enhance our national parks and lands, guarantee seniors receive their Social Security benefits and process and deliver mail to every address in every type of weather."

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