Women’s Equality Day 2022

By Louise Ryder, Associate Today marks the 102nd anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women in the United States the right to vote. The 19th amendment was ratified on August 26, 1920 and was one of the first steps towards women’s equality in the workforce. Since gaining […]

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MSPB Signals Expanded Interpretation of Retaliatory Motive with New Precedential Rulings says Partner Ricardo Pitts-Wiley

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Today on FedSmith, with the Dec. 3rd appropriations deadline looming, FPG’s Debra D’Agostino, Founding Partner, and Daniel Pope, Law Fellow, discuss how a new law benefits federal employees should there be another government shutdown.

As the end of current federal appropriations again looms, this time on December 3rd, federal employees are again steeling themselves for a government shutdown. This time, however, since the last lengthy government shutdown between December 2018 and January 2019, Congress has passed laws that change how shutdowns impact federal employees. The biggest change comes from […]

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Heather White, Partner at the Federal Practice Group, delineates the veteran hiring process by the federal government, including incentive programs such as the VRA and VEOA.

HIRING VETERANS INTO THE FEDERAL WORKFORCE After service members transition to retirement or otherwise leave active duty, many join the federal government, whether as contractors or employees. Congress created incentive programs to encourage the federal government to hire and retain veterans including Veterans’ Recruitment Appointments (VRA) and the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA). Together, these […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH cyberFEDS ABOUT THE VACCINE MANDATE

Key points: Threshold for showing eligibility for exception is higher than people think Agencies can ask for more documentation if they suspect request is not legitimate Public safety will likely outweigh an employee’s personal religious belief against vaccination 5 key considerations for medical/religious exceptions from the vaccine mandate By Anjali Patel, Esq., cyberFEDS® Legal Editor […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, DISCUSSES REQUIRING VACCINES WITH WASHINGTON POST

Federal workers can be fired for refusing vaccination, but must show up to work until their cases are determined, new guidance says September 17, 2021 7:16 PM Federal employees can be fired for refusing to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, but as their disciplinary cases wind through the system, they will report to work alongside […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO AND LOUISE RYDER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP PROVIDE THEIR THOUGHTS ON A RECENT FEDERAL CIRCUIT DECISION

Federal Circuit Hit the VA with a One-Two Punch in Rulings in Favor of Employees Two recent court cases offer an important precedent for protecting due process rights of federal employees. By Louise Ryder and Debra D’Agostino September 16, 2021 2:35 PMCategories Court CasesLeave a Comment With two precedential decisions, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, DISCUSSES DOJ OPINION ON REQUIRING VACCINES

DOJ says agencies can require vaccines under Food, Drug, Cosmetic Act By Anjali Patel, Esq., cyberFEDS® Legal Editor Washington Bureau IN FOCUS: Agencies that want to require employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations can point to a recent Justice Department memorandum opinion to President Biden, which concludes that the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act “does not […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH CYBERFEDS ABOUT VACCINATIONS

4 key considerations when collecting vaccine status information By Anjali Patel, Esq., cyberFEDS® Legal Editor Washington Bureau IN FOCUS: Although agencies must have employees attest to their vaccine status and impose additional safety protocols on those who are unvaccinated, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force’s most recent updates to the model safety principles do not […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK ABOUT VACCINES

Possible vaccine mandate for federal employees raises host of tricky questions, attorneys say Nicole Ogrysko@nogryskoWFED July 28, 2021 6:29 pm 7 min read        The tide may be shifting on COVID-19 vaccines for the federal workforce. President Joe Biden said Tuesday a vaccine mandate for federal employees was “under consideration,” a day after the Department […]

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