Welcome back to our series on RIFs in the Trump era. If you missed Part One of the series explaining what RIFs are, click here to read. Today we will focus on appeals and grievances of RIF decisions. Don't forget to come back on Friday, where we will focus on reemployment rights after a RIF.
Federal employees who are facing disciplinary actions play by a different set of rules than non-federal employees. Disciplinary actions are typically proposed in the form of suspension or removal based on misconduct or unachieved performance goals (failure to comply with a Performance Improvement Plan [PIP]). If you've been proposed with a disciplinary action, it's likely you have questions about what steps to take next. Some of those might include:
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For federal employees, a removal, suspension or demotion is likely to have devastating consequences. Aside from the financial damage, these actions can stall a person's career, hindering future career opportunities. Fortunately, most federal employees have recourse to appeal these types of actions. For many federal employees, one such avenue is an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The skill and experience of your attorney can make a dramatic impact in the ultimate outcome of this appeal.
Adverse actions by your employer, such as a suspension, demotion or termination, can be devastating. These actions can profoundly damage the course of your career and create financial hardship as well. While federal employees are not immune from these actions, they have rights that employees in the private sector do not have. One of the most important rights federal employees have is the ability to challenge adverse employment decisions in a formal dispute process.