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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session – Base Pay Reduction

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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.

Q:

During the NSPS to GS conversion in June 2010, my base pay was reduced 10%. The reduction in base pay was not administrative or voluntary. Is this legal?

A:

If your base salary was reduced, you may have an MSPB appeal right. You might consider consulting an attorney or filing an MSPB appeal on your own to raise the issue. Non-probationary employees who have their base pay reduced are entitled to due process.

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

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