ERIC MONTALVO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, PROVIDED BACKGROUND FOR NEW YORK TIMES STORY ON RACISM IN THE MILITARY

African-Americans Are Highly Visible in the Military, but Almost Invisible at the Top Seventy-five years after integration, the military’s upper echelons remain the domain of white men. By Helene Cooper May 25, 2020 WASHINGTON — A photograph of President Trump and his top four-star generals and admirals, tweeted in October by Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, […]

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ZACH FISCHER, AN ASSOCIATE AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, PENS A BLOG FOR FEDSMITH ON A RECENT WHISTLEBLOWER DECISION

Whistleblower Argues Investigation Was Prohibited Retaliation May 18, 2020 In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that a retaliatory investigation, in and of itself, is not a qualifying adverse personnel action under the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). (Sistek v. Department of Veterans Affairs (CAFC No. 2019-1168)) The petitioner, Leonard […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH GOVEXEC DAILY ABOUT FEDS RETURNING TO UNSAFE WORK PLACES

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past an American flag in front of a closed business in Florida on Monday. LYNNE SLADKY/AP If you want to listen to the podcast click here. The COVID-19 crisis is into its fourth month and more state and local governments are lifting restrictions meant to safeguard public […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH GOVEXEC ABOUT FEDS RETURNING TO UNSAFE WORK PLACES

As some in the Trump administration push toward “reopening the government,” a federal employment lawyer said worried workers might find solace in existing leave policies and the whistleblower protection statute. MAY 4, 2020 05:16 PM ET Although it remains unclear when or if the United States will effectively “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus outbreak, […]

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LOUISE RYDER, AN ASSOCIATE AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, PENS A BLOG FOR FEDSMITH ON CORONAVIRUS AND EEOC’S REHABILITAION ACT

What Federal Employees Should Know About EEOC’s Rehabilitation Act Guidance and the Coronavirus May 4, 2020 The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance applicable during the COVID-19 pandemic related to what federal agencies can and cannot do related to medical inquiries and examinations that during normal times may violate the Rehabilitation Act (which, […]

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RICARDO J.A. PITTS-WILEY, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH GOVEXEC ABOUT OSHA COMPLAINTS

Unsanitized Bathrooms and Working While Sick: Postal Workers Flood OSHA With Coronavirus Complaints As more than 1,200 USPS workers test positive for COVID-19, employees file allegations about unsafe conditions. APRIL 21, 2020 Dozens of U.S. Postal Service employees have filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration due to conditions they allege are unsafe […]

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HEATHER WHITE, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH FED NEWS NETWORK ON RECENT SC DECISION

SCOTUS clarifies age discrimination statute for feds April 21, 2020 1:00 pm   Best listening experience is on Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Subscribe to Federal Drive’s daily audio interviews on Apple Podcasts or PodcastOne. When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Veterans Health Administration employee Noris Babb, it was saying a couple of things. In part, the court […]

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Government Contracting, Coronavirus, and the Defense Production Act

Government Contracting, Coronavirus, and the Defense Production Act Many government contractors are aware of the Defense Production Act (DPA), but in the coronavirus era it is a good time to familiarize yourself with some of the smaller details and figure out if your company has an opportunity to capitalize on it. The DPA was enacted […]

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Federal Contractors May Be Reimbursed for Paid Leave Under CARES Act

April 10, 2020   Federal Contractors May Be Reimbursed for Paid Leave Under CARES Act As federal agencies close facilities due to the COVID-19 outbreak and related quarantine orders, the contractors working on federal projects have idled work forces and placed many of their employees on paid leave. To provide some relief, Congress included Section […]

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Updates on COVID-19

Updates on COVID-19 Partnering with the U.S. Defense Industrial Base to Combat COVID-19 The Department of Defense released a statement announcing a new Joint Acquisition Task Force to handle DoD’s COVID response. The website also contains a portal for industry to submit proposals for supplying medical equipment. Extension of Time for Filing Individual Subcontracting Reports The Small Business Administration announced that the […]

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