Q & A Session – Where’s My Grade Increase?


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.


When I accepted my current position, I argued that my college education should have boosted my grade level, but I was shot down, even though management supported me. Now my year is up and I should have received the grade increase but have not. Workforce says everything has been submitted and approved ahead of schedule, but OMB says “it’s not an entitlement” and I’ll get it when they get to it and it’s not retroactive. How can this be right?


What you have been told is legally correct, but it does not seem to be the best way to treat employees.

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

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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.

1 Comment

  1. Sounds’ like a current generation young person who persistently believes college entitles them to more than anyone else, sooner than anyone else! I hope they had a major one year anniversary party to show the true worth and value of this central cog to the function of government, otherwise we may all be doomed…

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