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  • Court opens up more discretion for reducing feds’ punishments - July 10, 2023
  • Federal employees facing firings will have an easier time mitigating that discipline to a lower form of punishment under new precedent.

    Eric Katz, Government Executive

    Judges and arbitrators hearing appeals from federal employees seeking to reverse their firings will have more leeway to mitigate those punishments under a new precedent set by a federal court on Thursday.

    Those deciding the appeals must review whether a disciplinary action was appropriate if they find issue with even one part of an agency’s case against an employee, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in its decision. Previously, at least some adjudicators had deferred to the punishments agencies had elected to dole out so long as evidence substantiated at least some of the allegations against an employee.

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