Title 5 Part 752 → Subpart B
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Title 5 Part 752 → Subpart B
(a) Adverse actions covered. This subpart covers suspension for 14 days or less.
(b) Employees covered. This subpart covers:
(1) An employee in the competitive service who has completed a probationary or trial period;
(2) An employee in the competitive service serving in an appointment which requires no probationary or trial period, and who has completed 1 year of current continuous employment in the same or similar positions under other than a temporary appointment limited to 1 year or less;
(3) An employee with competitive status who occupies a position under Schedule B of part 213 of this chapter;
(4) An employee who was in the competitive service at the time his or her position was first listed under Schedule A, B, or C of the excepted service and still occupies that position;
(5) An employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs appointed under section 7401(3) of title 38, United States Code; and
(6) An employee of the Government Printing Office.
(c) Exclusions. This subpart does not apply to a suspension for 14 days or less:
(1) Of an administrative law judge under 5 U.S.C. 7521;
(2) Taken for national security reasons under 5 U.S.C. 7532;
(3) Taken under any other provision of law which excepts the action from subchapter I, chapter 75, of title 5, U.S. Code;
(4) Of a reemployed annuitant; or
(5) Of a National Guard Technician.
(d) Definitions. In this subpart—
Current continuous employment means a period of employment immediately preceding a suspension action without a break in Federal civilian employment of a workday.
Day means a calendar day.
Similar positions means positions in which the duties performed are similar in nature and character and require substantially the same or similar qualifications, so that the incumbent could be interchanged between the positions without significant training or undue interruption to the work.
Suspension means the placing of an employee, for disciplinary reasons, in a temporary status without duties and pay.
§752.202 Standard for action.
(a) An agency may take action under this subpart for such cause as will promote the efficiency of the service as set forth in 5 U.S.C. 7503(a).
(b) An agency may not take a suspension against an employee on the basis of any reason prohibited by 5 U.S.C. 2302.
(a) Statutory entitlements. An employee under this subpart whose suspension is proposed under this subpart is entitled to the procedures provided in 5 U.S.C. 7503(b).
(b) Notice of proposed action. The notice must state the specific reason(s) for the proposed action, and inform the employee of his or her right to review the material which is relied on to support the reasons for action given in the notice.
(c) Employee's answer. The employee must be given a reasonable time, but not less than 24 hours, to answer orally and in writing and to furnish affidavits and other documentary evidence in support of the answer.
(d) Representation. An employee covered by this subpart is entitled to be represented by an attorney or other representative. An agency may disallow as an employee's representative an individual whose activities as representative would cause a conflict of interest or position, or an employee of the agency whose release from his or her official position would give rise to unreasonable costs or whose priority work assignments preclude his or her release.
(e) Agency decision. (1) In arriving at its decision, the agency will consider only the reasons specified in the notice of proposed action and any answer of the employee or his or her representative, or both, made to a designated official.
(2) The agency must specify in writing the reason(s) for the decision and advise the employee of any grievance rights under paragraph (f) of this section. The agency must deliver the notice of decision to the employee on or before the effective date of the action.
(f) Grievances. The employee may file a grievance through an agency administrative grievance system (if applicable) or, if the suspension falls within the coverage of an applicable negotiated grievance procedure, an employee in an exclusive bargaining unit may file a grievance only under that procedure. Sections 7114(a)(5) and 7121(b)(1)(C) of title 5, U.S. Code, and the terms of any collective bargaining agreement, govern representation for employees in an exclusive bargaining unit who grieve a suspension under this subpart through the negotiated grievance procedure.
(g) Agency records. The agency must maintain copies of, and will furnish to the Merit Systems Protection Board and to the employee upon their request, the following documents:
(1) Notice of the proposed action;
(2) Employee's written reply, if any;
(3) Summary of the employee's oral reply, if any;
(4) Notice of decision; and
(5) Any order effecting the suspension, together with any supporting material.