Q&A Session: The Role of a Non-Supervisor


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


Can a non-supervisor who is not in the employee rating chain overrule a supervisor’s decision to promote an employee? Can a non-supervisor assign probation to an employee he does not supervise?


The answer to the question depends on delegated authority. Sometimes HR officials are provided with the type of authority you reference.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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