DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, HAS HER CLIENT MARIANNE BUSTIN SPEAK WITH CBS’s NORA O’DONNELL ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY

By NORAH O’DONNELL, KRISTIN STEVE, MEGAN TOWEY, ADAM VERDUGO, LEN TEPPER CBS NEWS November 19, 2020, 9:17 AM Pentagon whistleblowers say they were fired or suspended for reporting sexual assault cover-ups: “People are afraid” Fifteen years ago, the Department of Defense established a program to combat sexual assault and rape in the ranks. Since then, the military has […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH CYBERFEDS ABOUT PAYING BACK PAYROLL TAX DEFERRALS

Payroll tax deferral must be repaid in 2021 By Anjali Patel, Esq., cyberFEDS® Legal Editor Washington Bureau  IN FOCUS: Employees must be aware that any payroll taxes deferred as a result of President Trump’s recent presidential memorandum must be repaid. The memo defers an employee’s portion of Social Security taxes for those making less than […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH THE FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK ABOUT LATEST ON HATCH ACT

Workforce Rights/Governance So goes 2020: Post-Election Day Hatch Act guidance for feds is anything but simple November 4, 2020 5:48 pm A handful of battleground states are still counting ballots, but the end of Election Day serves as a marker of sorts for federal employees and the Hatch Act. Even with this year’s uncertainty, the […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH GOVEXEC ABOUT STRIPPING OF CIVIL SERVICE RIGHTS

The Legal Theories at the Heart of Trump’s Order Politicizing the Civil Service Federal employees could find it hard to challenge the White House’s move to strip civil service protections from them, since courts traditionally have sought to avoid weighing in on agency terminations. |  NOVEMBER 3, 2020 Federal employees and experts in the good […]

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HEATHER WHITE, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, DISCUSSES THE PREGNANT WORKERS FAIRNESS ACT WITH FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK

House passed bill would require better pregnancy accommodations September 29, 2020 12:39 pm  Best listening experience is on Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Subscribe to Federal Drive’s daily audio interviews on Apple Podcasts or PodcastOne. While the nation argues about racial discrimination, another group continues to suffer the slings and arrows of unequal treatment. Namely, pregnant women in the […]

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HEATHER WHITE, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, DISCUSSES THE PREGNANT WORKERS FAIRNESS ACT WITH FEDERAL TIMES

How new pregnancy accommodation legislation could impact feds Jessie Bur Pregnant and post-natal feds could get a stronger guarantee of medical accommodations under legislation that recently passed the House. (Jamie Grill/Getty Images) Legislation designed to ensure accommodations for pregnant and post-natal workers passed the House with broad bipartisan support Sept. 17, and federal employees may […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE ABOUT BANNNING DIVERSITY TRAINING

Evan Vucci / AP White House Expands Crackdown on Certain Diversity and Inclusion Training President Trump signed an executive order that covers federal agencies, contractors, grantees and the military. September 23, 2020 04:14 PM ET President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday evening that extends his crackdown on certain employee diversity and inclusion training […]

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SARAH MCKININ, A SENIOR ASSOCIATE AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, PENS A COLUMN FOR GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE ABOUT THE Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Is Good News for Feds The bill would ensure that an employee no longer has to choose between a healthy pregnancy and her career. In a rare bipartisan move, the House this week passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694), which seeks to make it easier for women to […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE ABOUT SAFETY OF AGENCY REOPENINGS

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., contacted IG offices to ask about their plans. TOM WILLIAMS/POOL VIA AP House Democrat Seeks to Hold IGs Accountable for Reviewing Agencies’ Reopenings Most of the watchdog offices contacted by Rep. Connolly plan to conduct some form of review SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 03:36 PM ET   A House Democrat launched a tracker on Wednesday […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH WASHINGTON EXAMINER ABOUT DHS WHISTLEBLOWER ALLEGATION

 Top Trump officials charge Democrats behind DHS whistleblower allegation September 09, 2020 05:29 PM Two senior Trump administration officials suspect Democrats are the hidden hand behind a Department of Homeland Security official’s claim that agency leaders manipulated internal intelligence reports to match up with false statements President Trump made about antifa and anarchists. Brian Murphy, […]

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