Disciplining Management: The Bigger They Are, the Easier They Fall

By Barbara Haga, May 16, 2022 In supervisory training classes, I have heard participants comment about a double standard for corrective action. In essence, they said that if a non-supervisory employee messed up and violated some conduct rule, he would be hammered, but...

What Types of Leave Count in an Excessive Absence Case?

By Barbara Haga, April 11, 2022 Excessive absence seems so basic we shouldn’t need to address it anymore. However, questions do still arise about what works and what doesn’t. Occasionally, someone asks a question about something new, as happened recently when a FELTG...

A Head-shaking Tale About Lack of Candor

By Barbara Haga, March 15, 2022 Last month, I wrote about the case of Freeland v. Department of Homeland Security, No. 2020-1344 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 7, 2020). Freeland was a supervisory human resources specialist who was hired by DHS after resigning from his Army job...

Questionable Hiring Decision Leads to Bad Behavior in HR Office

By Barbara Haga, February 15, 2022 In August 2020, I wrote about a case involving an HR official who sent racists texts about other employees to subordinates, which the subordinates reported. Jenkins v. Department of Transportation, No. 2019-2075 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 6,...

Writing Performance Narratives: It’s Time to Do Better

By Barbara Haga, January 11, 2022 For agencies that use a calendar year rating cycle, supervisors are in the throes of trying to put together performance narratives now. For some supervisors, this is the worst part of their responsibilities. Why is that? Sometimes,...

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