How a Government Shutdown Impacts Your MPSB Appeal

Jennifer Duke
February 2, 2018
"Federal Government Shut Down." These are four words that no federal employee wants to hear. If you are federal employee, former employee, or applicant with a case pending at the Merit Systems Protection Board ("MSPB") one of your main concerns might be how a shut down impacts your appeal.

With another, potential government shut down looming, it is important for federal employees to know and understand how their cases will be impacted by a shut down. 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 shut down, 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 shut down 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 shut down. If you have a pending appeal or are thinking of filing an appeal, we may be able to help. Contact us today using the form on this page.

This blog and web site published by Melville Johnson, P.C. should not be used as a substitute for seeking competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney. Readers of this information should not act upon any information contained on this blog or website without seeking professional counsel.
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