Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 03, 2013
The Washington Post ran an article entitled, “Civil servants put on paid administrative leave can get stuck in an ill-defined limbo.” In this article, the author sheds light on government employees who are put on extended leave for months, sometimes years while they collect large government salaries.
One man interviewed, a veteran watchdog for the historical records agency entering his fourth month on paid time off, is just one of the unspecified number of federal employees who are collecting paychecks and benefits to do nothing, or at least nothing to advance the interests of the government. The 54-year-old man was put on paid administrative leave in September after one of his employees accused him of misconduct. He has yet to be interviewed and the panel that investigates complaints meets just four times a year.
The author said that in a system that rarely fires people, no one can say how many are on paid administrative leave, and it’s a number that the government apparently doesn’t track.
“It’s the federal government’s dirty little secret, how much they do it,” said Debra D’Agostino, founding partner of The Federal Practice Group, a federal employment law firm.
The Washington Post article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/civil-servants-accused-of-rule-breaking-can-get-stuck-in-an-ill-defined-limbo/2012/12/29/450ffc68-37e4-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_story.html?hpid=z10) went on to mention how there are 64 reasons listed in the “Administrative Leave/Excused Absence” section of the Office of Personnel Management rule book that officially allows government employees to be paid while they aren’t working. The reasons range from attending a Boy or Girl Scout jamboree to donating blood. There are also those federal employees who are paid to do absolutely nothing or are banished to perform telework with a flexible schedule where no real assignments ever materialize.
“Resolving these cases gets put to the bottom of the to-do-list,” said D’ Agostino, the employment lawyer. “Meanwhile, the employee is still accruing time. At agencies that are downsizing, it makes it hard to function.”
One government employee said, “This thing took five years and ruined my career.” Another such employee continues to collect his paycheck as he waits for the opportunity to tell his side of the story.
Debra D’ Agostino is a federal employment attorney who represents federal employees worldwide in a variety of personnel matters against federal agencies. She has over ten years of experience in this niche specialty and has had numerous victories on behalf of her clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the MSPB. Attorney D’Agostino earned her Juris Doctorate with honors from George Washington University School of Law, she is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, and New York State Courts.
The Federal Practice Group offers worldwide service to employees who have been wronged. With over 100 years of collective experience, the firm is dedicated to helping federal employees worldwide and overseas before various administrative forums including the Merit Systems Production Board (MSPB), the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the office of Special Counsel (OSC). The firm handles all types of federal employment law matters including but not limited to: disciplinary actions, security clearance, sexual harassment/hostile work environment, whistleblower retaliation and federal contractor issues. To contact a federal employment attorney at the firm, please call (202) 684-7981 or visit the firm’s website online at http://www.myfederalemployeeattorney.com.