The Good News: A Letter to Santa 2023

By Ann Boehm, December 4, 2023 Dear Santa: I hope you’ve had a wonderful 2023. Are the elves pushing for a hybrid environment? I hope the reindeer are not working remotely! Especially not on December 24, because that would be a real problem! My year has gone well. I...

The Good News: You Don’t Have to Over-Santos Santos!

By Ann Boehm, November 13, 2023 Time, once again, to talk about Santos v. NASA, 990 F.3d 1355 (Fed. Cir. 2021) – the universally disliked Federal Circuit case that changed 40 years of MSPB case precedent. Because of Santos, agencies must provi de substantial evidence...

It’s a Bumper-to-Bumper Ride When Determining Hostile Environment

By Ann Boehm, October 16, 2023 While teaching a recent class about hostile work environment, a participant asked me if an offensive bumper sticker on a co-worker’s car could create a hostile work environment. Hmmmm. Interesting question. Let’s work through this, shall...

The Good News: Fed Circuit Offers Reminder to Charge Carefully

By Ann Boehm, July 18, 2023 An agency lost a removal case before the Federal Circuit this month. In Williams v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, an arbitrator sustained the employee’s removal, but the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the arbitrator’s decision because...

The Good News: Here’s the Secret to Handling Problem Employees

By Ann Boehm, April 17, 2023 As a FELTG instructor, I regularly hear comments from class participants. Supervisors often tell me they are frustrated by what they perceive as lack of support from the Human Resources (HR) professionals. But HR professionals often tell...

The Good News: You are the Hidden Benefit of In-Person Training

By Ann Boehm, January 17, 2023 In-person training all but disappeared during the pandemic. Thankfully, technology enabled us to adjust through virtual training. As in-person training has started creeping back and I’ve ventured back out on the road, I’ve paid attention...

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