Incidents of the Government-Servant Relationship

The procedures developed in the past five years to meet the threat of communist infiltration into public employment have focused attention on the position of persons working for the federal government. However, the loyalty program and the general problem of dismissal are not the only aspects of federal employment which raise important issues. Other aspects of the government-servant relationship may be of even greater importance to the civil servant in practice. For instance, what are his legal rights to his salary or to his pension if the government refuses to pay? Can he secure redress if he is suspended from the service? Is the government obliged to grant him annual leave, and what are his rights as to promotion? It is the purpose of this article to consider the rights of the servant of the federal government with regard to these matters.