Category Archives: Legal Issues


Hatch Act: Federal employees’ guide to social media and email

    U.S. Office of Special Counsel press release   The Hatch Act, a federal law passed in 1939, limits certain political activities of federal employees, as well as some state, D.C., and local government employees who work in connection with federally funded programs. ​The law’s purposes are to ensure…

January 22nd, 2016 Legal Issues

7th Army JMTC Legal Assistance Offices: What we do

By Spc. Devyn Neta, 7th Army JMTC   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 7th Army JMTC Legal Assistance Offices are available to offer a variety of legal services to our Soldiers, their families, and DoD civilians.   Both the Tower Barracks Legal Assistance Office and the Rose Barracks Legal Assistance Office…

January 5th, 2016 Legal Issues

New portal speeds up workers’ comp claims

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A new web-based application now allows appropriated fund federal employees and their employers to electronically file workers’ compensation forms, as well as upload and track documents to the Department of Labor’s Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation.   The Employees’ Compensation Operations and Management Portal, or ECOMP, allows…

December 3rd, 2015 Legal Issues, News

I’m a Service member at USAG Bavaria. How do I vote?

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Voting is your constitutional right, and it’s one of the rights you defend as a member of the U.S. military. You can have a voice in the electing process. If you don’t vote, you don’t have that voice.   Voting season is around the corner. What am…

October 13th, 2015 Legal Issues, News

‘Online misconduct’ subject to UCMJ

By C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service WASHINGTON — If Soldiers were still unsure of what bad behavior looks like online, the Army clarified it for them in an “All Army Activities” message — commonly called an ALARACT — that went out force-wide last week.   Online misconduct, it says,…

August 7th, 2015 Legal Issues