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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RICARDO J.A. PITTS-WILEY, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK ON FEDS AND HAZARD PAY

Should federal employees get hazard pay during the pandemic?   April 2, 2020 12:54 pm         Best listening experience is on Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Subscribe to Federal Drive’s daily audio interviews on Apple Podcasts or PodcastOne. Now that the largest federal employee union has sued the government for hazardous duty pay, the question arises: How many employees, […]

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HEATHER WHITE, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, PENS A COLUMN ON THE CORONAVIRUS AND FEDERAL DEADLINES

The Only Things Immune to Coronavirus? EEO and MSPB Deadlines April 2, 2020 With everything in disarray and large parts of the country under stay at home orders, federal employees could be forgiven for assuming that, as in last year’s furloughs, the deadlines for filing EEO complaint or appealing from adverse actions are stayed for […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK ON FEDS TRAVELING DURING THE LOCKDOWN

DOJ instructs state, local law enforcement to excuse feds traveling for work from lock downs March 27, 2020 1:39 pm        Despite lock downs and travel restrictions that are beginning to spread across the country, many federal employees still need to go into work to provide essential services. That’s why, on March 20, the Office of […]

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RICARDO J.A. PITTS-WILEY, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, PENS A COLUMN FOR GOVEXEC ON TIPS FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS

  SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Can’t Telework? 10 Tips for Feds Impacted by COVID-19 You may have options you’re not aware of. MARCH 23, 2020 05:34 PM ET CORONAVIRUS By RICARDO J.A. PITTS-WILEY If you are a federal employee who is not a telework program participant, it is important that you be aware of the options that may be […]

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