2017 Federal Hiring Freeze Lifted

Jennifer Duke
April 20, 2017
On April 12, 2017, the Federal Hiring Freeze was formally lifted. While the lifting of the hiring freeze is good news for many federal employees, the lifting of the hiring freeze still came with instructions to reduce the size of the federal workforce, and reduce the size of specific agencies in line with upcoming budget cuts. What does this mean for federal employees?

This means that while the general hiring freeze is no longer in place, you should still expect to see many federal agencies downsizing their work force. The EPA, and Departments of State, and Health and Human Services are among those facing the most significant budget cuts, and where many expect the biggest changes to be made. During a press conference to announce the lifting of the hiring freeze, federal agencies were still cautioned against hiring "willy-nilly," and the White House provided that with new guidelines in place, some agencies will now end up hiring more employees, while others will experience even greater cuts than they would have during the hiring freeze. While it is difficult to predict what may happen next, federal employees do still retain their rights. This means that, for a non-probationary employee, your agency cannot simply decide to fire you one day without going through the proper notice and response requirements. If your agency must go through a reduction-in-force (RIF), the agency must still follow the proper procedures for a RIF, and cannot choose who is impacted based on protected classes, such as race, age, or gender. Should you find yourself facing a RIF or removal, the employment attorneys at Melville Johnson, P.C. may be able to help you navigate your next steps. Use the form on this page to contact us.

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