Latest Civil service News

Officer drops appeal of suspension in black man's shooting

Sep. 19, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A police officer is dropping his appeal of a three-day suspension over a confrontation with a black man whose shooting death prompted widespread protests in Baton Rouge in 2016. News outlets report attorney Kyle Kershaw announced Thursday morning that client Howie Lake II was...

Barton County civil process server charged with rape

Sep. 18, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A civilian employee for the Barton County Sheriff's office has been charged with rape. Barton County Attorney Levi Morris says 64-year-old Jimmy Hapes, of Great Bend, was charged Wednesday after he turned himself in to county officials. Hapes is a civil process server for the sheriff's...

Alaska sues public employee union over payment of dues

Sep. 17, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state has sued Alaska's largest public employees' union, claiming it violates members' right to free speech by limiting their ability to opt out of paying dues when they disagree with union statements. Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson filed the suit Monday against the Alaska...

Agency asks to deny workers time off for grievance hearing

Sep. 17, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An attorney for the West Virginia Division of Highways has asked for permission to deny paid time off for employees who plan to attend an upcoming grievance hearing. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a mediation hearing at the Public Employees Grievance Board office in Charleston...

NOAA scientist: agency likely broke science integrity rules

Sep. 9, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The acting chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said his agency likely violated its scientific integrity rules last week when it publicly chastised a weather office that contradicted President Donald Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian threatened...

Session called to scrap state-run medical marijuana system

Sep. 5, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is calling a special legislative session to scrap an unusual plan for a state-run medical marijuana dispensary system following concerns that it could put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws. Herbert said in a statement Thursday...

Little Rock commission won't reinstate Little Rock officer

Sep. 4, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A city commission has decided a white Little Rock police officer who was previously fired for fatally shooting a black motorist should not be reinstated to the police force. The Little Rock Civil Service Commission made its decision late Wednesday to uphold the termination of...

New Mexico posts online its settlement payouts

Aug. 29, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Thursday posted online dozens of financial settlements that resolve claims against state government for alleged civil rights violations, malpractice, whistleblower retaliation and other misconduct. The move responds to concerns about undisclosed payouts worth millions of...

Alaska official: Ruling mandates yearly union enrollment

Aug. 29, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling requires members of state public employee unions to annually reaffirm or reject their membership, according to Alaska's attorney general. Several state union officials believe the state will establish an annual opt-in system and at least one said the...

Show-Me Institute sues Missouri over public records request

Aug. 28, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis-based private organization sued the state of Missouri and its Office of Administration on Wednesday over what it contends is an unequal application for the state's Sunshine Law. The Show-Me Institute, which promotes free markets and individual liberties, filed the suit...