Category: Federal Employment Law

What Will the Biden Administration Mean for the MSPB and the Case Backlog?

Throughout Joe Biden’s bid for the presidency, his campaign was candid about its desire to overturn many of the Trump era policies regarding employment issues, labor law and…

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New EEOC Guidance May Permit Employers to Require FDA-Approved COVID-19 Vaccine in Limited Circumstances

On December 16, 2020, in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency use authorization for the first COVID-19 vaccine, the EEOC delivered new guidance as to…

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Part Two: The MSPB Empowerment Act of 2020 and the Possible Effects on Federal Employees Waiting on Appeals

Part Two of a Two-Part Series In our first article, we addressed the implications of newly proposed legislation, the Merit Systems Protection Board Empowerment Act of 2020…

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Part One: The MSPB Empowerment Act of 2020 and the Possible Effects on Federal Employees Bringing Appeals

Part One of a Two-Part Series On July 30, 2020, members of the House of Representatives, led by Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, introduced the…

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FMLA is the Best Option for Federal Employees Facing a Premature Return to the Office

With states all over the country lifting stay at home orders, many Federal Agencies are beginning to reopen and bringing teleworking employees back to the office, in phases. These…

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COVID-19’s Impact on Temporary Orders of Protection

COVID-19 has impacted every part of American life, including the Court system, and it will likely continue to for some time. With most New York civil courts closed until at least…

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Do You Know What Your Obligations Are Under the Hatch Act?

Another day, another alleged violation of the Hatch Act. High-profile names such as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, White House Counselor Kellyanne…

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Practicing patience: Federal employees with appeals forced to wait due to vacant MSPB

What happens when a federal board has no members? Not much. The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is vacant for the first time in its 40-year history, leaving hundreds,…

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Federal employees should prepare for more nimble and aggressive security clearance decision-making process

Changes to the federal government’s security clearance processes are on their way. Calling it the first major update in 50 years, the federal government currently is laying out…

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Should federal civilian employees count out 2019 raises? Not so fast

Despite an Executive Order calling for no raises this year, federal civilian employees shouldn’t be too quick to count them out. At least not yet. Although the prospect of no…

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