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Course Title: Merit Systems Protection Board Web-based Training on Adverse Actions

Course Description: In this web-based course, you will learn about the various elements of an Adverse Action, and the responsibilities of the MSPB in deciding appeals from one.

Topics Covered:
• Discussion of Adverse Action
• Burden of Proof
• Charges and types of misconduct
• What constitutes Nexus
• The rules about Penalties
• General guidelines on MSPB Decisions
• Who may appeal an Adverse Action

At the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Discuss what constitutes an Adverse Action
• Describe the nature of Charges, Nexus, and Penalties
• Know the most important step in preparing to take an adverse action
• Understand how the MSPB reviews an adverse action appeal
• Understand the rights of probationary employees and others with short term service

Location: Online

Schedule: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Estimated Time to Complete Course: 2 hours

Agency/Vendor Sponsor: VA

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Course Content Contact: or 202-653-7200

Cost: Free

Method: Online (hosted on HRU)

HR Technical Competencies: Employee Relations; Human Resource Development

General Competencies: Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence

Leadership Competencies:

Roles:  Technical Specialist Technical Specialist;   Advisor Advisor;   Strategic Partner Strategic Partner;   Leader Leader

Proficiency Level: Basic

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