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Government Vehicle or Government Leased Vehicle, Willful Misuse

For this charge, an agency is alleging that an employee misused a government-owned, or government-leased vehicle
Melville Johnson
October 29, 2020
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Failure to Register with Selective Services

Registering with the Selective Services System is the law and failure to do so can mean a wide range of consequences and can also threaten your federal employment. For employees who are required to register, but do not, a federal agency can remove said employee for Failure to Register with Selective Services System.
Melvile Johnson
October 29, 2020
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Assault, Battery, and Fighting

Assault and Battery are instances of unlawful touching or threatening of another, which is without justification or excuse. However, it is important to note that Assault and Battery are different concepts, as Battery requires physical contact of some sort, while Assault is committed without physical contact. Typically, these offenses require an intent to commit bodily harm.
Melville Johnson
October 29, 2020
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Engaging in a Prohibited Relationship 

The charge of Engaging in a Prohibited Relationship is similar to the Conflict of Interesting charge. Generally, this charge concerns a consensual involvement between an employee and another.
Melville Johnson
October 29, 2020
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Careless or Negligent Performance of Duties

As with anything else, it is important that you are careful and responsible as you carry out your duties as a federal employee. Failure to do so can harm the agency, the public, and yourself, which is why a federal agency can discipline an employee for Careless or Negligent Performance of Duties.
Melville Johnson
October 28, 2020
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Chapeter 43 Preformance-Based Actions

Under Chapter 43 actions, the Agency has a lower standard of proof to take its actions and is not required to prove that the adverse action will promote the efficiency of service. However, the Agency must prove that the employee’s performance deficiency is in a crucial element.
Melville Johnson
October 28, 2020
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Furlough

As a result of the current pandemic, many Federal employees are understandably concerned of job security and furloughs. While it may seem surprising that there is a “furlough” charge, such actions are taken under Chapter 75 procedures. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 7511(a),furlough means the placing of an employee in a temporary status without duties and pay because of a lack of work or funds or other non-disciplinary reasons. 
Melville Johnson PC
October 27, 2020
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Breach or Violation of Physical Security Policy

Have you been charged with a breach or violation of physical security policy? Breach of physical security charges are typically specific to jobs such as correctional, fire, security, or police officers, but can also sometimes include other positions. The types of conduct covered by this charge have included carelessness concerning firearms, or actions involving security screening violations.
Melville Johnson PC
October 27, 2020
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Threat

Threats of harm against a government employee are, understandably, taken seriously. However, sometimes it is difficult for an agency to determine if a threat has actually been made, or if a person is simply talking out of frustration or anger.
Melville Johnson
October 27, 2020
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Drugs: Refusal to Take Drug Test

How does a federal agency enforce the rules against the use of drugs that takes place off duty, particularly if a federal employee is smart enough not to come to work under the influence? The answer is simple: drug tests. If an employee refuses such a drug test, then the agency can remove or otherwise discipline that employee for Drugs: Refusal to Take Drug Test.
Melville Johnson PC
October 23, 2020
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Alcohol: Possession, Use, or Impairment

An obvious piece of advice for federal employees is that you should not drink alcohol on the job or come to work drunk. As obvious as this wisdom may seem, however, there are instances where even federal employees drink on the job or come to work drunk, which is why federal agencies can discipline employees for Alcohol: Possession, Use, or Impairment.
Melville Johnson
October 23, 2020
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Failure to Report for a Fitness for Duty Examination

Sometimes an agency just needs assurances that an employee is physically and psychologically fit to do his/her job. In the federal government, under certain circumstances, an agency may require that a federal employee undergo a Fitness for Duty Examination. If an employee fails to undergo such an examination, then he/she may be disciplined for Failure to Report for a Fitness for Duty Examination. 
Melville Johnson
October 23, 2020
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