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August 2016 Archives

News from the Federal Circuit: Joint Employer USERRA Claims

News from the Federal Circuit: On August 25, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Estes v. Merit Systems Protection Board, No. 2016-1081.  Although the court rejected Mr. Estes' appeal, it adopted the MSPB's precedent in holding that federal contractors could raise "joint employer" claims under USERRA against the federal government.

Can I get a federal job with a criminal record?

Having a criminal record does not automatically bar a person from most federal government positions. It does make it harder to get your foot in the door. It can hinder advancement for jobs with higher security clearance. But it should not stop you from applying for federal jobs.

News from the Federal Circuit: FBI Whistleblower Case

News from the Federal Circuit: On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted the Department of Justice's motion for en banc rehearing in Parkinson v. Dept. of Justice, No. 2015-3066. The court vacated the panel's decision below, and now the entire Federal Circuit will decide on the scope of whistleblower reprisal protections for FBI employees.


Federal security clearance is based on the potential or perceived risk to classified information and national security interests. A certain level of security clearance is required to obtain most federal jobs, even when the position does not directly involve sensitive information. It can be revoked for many reasons -- not only for criminal acts but for "bad behavior" or a change in your personal circumstances.


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