With another potential government shutdown looming, it is important for Federal employees to know and understand how their cases will be impacted by a shutdown. When the Federal government shuts down, like most Federal employees, MSPB judges and staff are prohibited from working.
If you have a hearing scheduled while the government is shut down, or any other case-related conference or deadline, those will be cancelled and rescheduled as soon as the government opens and judges and MSPB staff are able to come back to work.
In the event of a government shutdown, Federal employees should pay close attention to any Notices or Orders that come from the Board as they will dictate how each Judge, or the Board as a whole, plans to handle rescheduling deadlines, conference calls, and hearings. If you have a conference or hearing scheduled, be prepared to participate in case the government re-opens on the day that you have something scheduled.
While a Federal government shutdown may delay your appeal, it will not strip you of your rights. The MSPB Attorneys at Melville Johnson, P.C. are experts at navigating the MSPB process, even when it is interrupted by a government shutdown. If you have a pending appeal or are thinking of filing an appeal, we may be able to help. Call or message us today to discuss your situation and learn how we can assist you.