Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
521 Fraim Street
Fort Detrick, Maryland 21702
The Fort Detrick Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides legal advice and written opinions to commanders and staff members on a wide variety of issues, including labor law. This advice involves questions pertaining to the official operation of military organizations on Fort Detrick and under the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.
These services are generally available to the Army units under the control of the Commanding General, USAMRMC & Fort Detrick, and other military organizations, if addressed by an interagency support agreement.
Labor Law Services
- The Fort Detrick Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA) gives labor law advice to Army commanders and supervisors assigned to Fort Detrick and the subordinate commands of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. When formal administrative complaints are filed, the OSJA designates a labor counselor to represent the command before the US Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), US Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), and US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
- Management - Employee Relations and Employment Discipline.
- MSPB jurisdiction. In the instance of non-probationary employees, the case may possibly be appealed to the MSPB for review. To qualify for MSPB review, the employee must demonstrate that the board has jurisdiction. One example of jurisdiction is a disciplinary action in excess of fourteen (14) days suspension or demotion.
- Administrative grievance. Some actions taken against employees qualify for processing under the DoD grievance process. This includes challenges of performance ratings, reprimands, and suspensions of fourteen (14) days or less. It does not include discretionary actions such as performance awards.
- Negotiated grievance/ Arbitration. Employees who are members of a bargaining unit will have rights set out in a negotiated bargaining agreement. In addition to the right to file complaints with the MSPB or the EEOC, these employees may also have the right to use their designated union representative to invoke a negotiated grievance or arbitration process.
- Complaints of discrimination against a member of a protected class
The Army Equal Employment Opportunity Program operates through installation and major command offices. Army employees who feel that they have been discriminated against by employees of the Army may seek redress through the Fort Detrick EEO office. The Fort Detrick OSJA provides advice to the Fort Detrick EEO office and represents management in hearings and investigations that are conducted during the processing of EEO Complaints.
- Application of the Federal Service Labor Management Relations Statute.
The Fort Detrick Civilian Personnel Advisory Center serves as the primary conduit between management and the designated union representatives of the bargaining units on Fort Detrick. In the instance of allegations of unfair labor practices and during bargaining sessions. The OSJA provides advice to management pertaining to the official command position. This role also extends to representation of management before the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Federal Mediation Conciliation Service, and the Federal Services Impasses Panel.