Q & A Session – Supervisoral Positions


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 less qualified non-supervisoral federal police office (acting sergeant) bump a more qualified supervisorial police officer off his shift? Don’t position descriptions mean anything?


This is a hard question to answer without knowing more. What does your union contract say? How clear was the management direction? At least on the short form, management could override a position description. It’s not necessarily a good long-term practice, but it also does not give rise to legal entitlements.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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