Articles by Stephanie Rapp-Tully

What the Restoration of Quorum at the MSPB Means for Federal Employees

For the first time in five years, the Merit Systems Protection Board finally restored a governing quorum following the Senate approval of two of President Biden’s three nominees…

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A federal employment attorney assesses the impact of having a Merit Systems Protection Board

After two years of total vacancy, the Merit Systems Protection Board now has two of its three members, enough to make decisions that stick. The board is where feds who feel they…

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MSPB regains quorum after 5 years, but faces daunting backlog

Federal employees looking to appeal certain adverse personnel actions might not have to wait on the Merit Systems Protection Board much longer. The board this week regained a…

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Five Years Without a Quorum: Revisiting the Record-Setting Case Backlog at the MSPB

Last January marked the fifth straight year the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has lacked a quorum. Since the spring of 2019, the quasi-judicial body that protects federal…

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GovExec Daily: Vaccine Mandates After the Supreme Court OSHA Decision

Last week, the Supreme Court blocked the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule that was to bring a vaccine-or-test requirement for employees at…

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MSPB passes five-year mark without a quorum

The Merit Systems Protection Board passed a new and unwanted milestone last week—five years without a quorum. The quasi-judicial agency, charged with protecting federal…

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Does the government require your job to pay you if you contract COVID-19?

WASHINGTON D.C., DC — D.C. and the surrounding counties are experiencing record coronavirus cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The surge in positive cases has…

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White House says 90% of feds are vaccinated

More than 90% of federal employees have hit the Nov. 22 deadline for federal employees to comply with the White House’s vaccination mandate, according to a senior administration…

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GovExec Daily: What if Feds Just Refuse to Get Vaccinated?

Starting Nov. 9, agencies can begin to take disciplinary action for employees who refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Feds who have received approved religious or medical…

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Western New York employers reviewing federal rule mandating vaccination policy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Large employers across Western New York will spend the weekend reading almost 500 pages of a new federal rule requiring them to implement a vaccine policy…

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