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.
I am excepted service and was placed in leave without pay status by the USPS about six months ago. I’ve been given no news from the agency. How long can LWOP last and what are my options?
If you’re a full-time permanent employee, forcing you to an LWOP status could be an illegal suspension. However, your collective bargaining agreement may also shed some light on your status if you are in a bargaining unit. Without more information about your status, I cannot say more about the legality of your current pay status.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.
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