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December 2012 Archives

OPM offers advice for federal administrative furloughs

As last-minute negotiations between the White House and Senate Republicans appear to be proceeding with little likelihood of success, the automatic cuts to federal spending, known as sequestration will begin on January 2, 2013.

EEOC's commissioners approve strategic enforcement plan

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved a strategic enforcement plan (SEP) setting the agency's future priorities with a bipartisan vote of 3-1 by the EEOC commissioners on Dec. 17. The approved plan lists six national priorities as focuses of an integrated enforcement effort.

Federal Employees can appeal MSPB decisions to district courts

When an employee of the federal government loses a case involving questions of discrimination and procedural issues with Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), courts had ruled that the employee must appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Pregnancy Discrimination still a problem in the U.S.

For some women, pregnancy is an exciting time, with great anticipation as they await the arrival of their child. They suffer minimal morning sickness, labor proceeds normally and they have a straightforward delivery. For others, it can be anything but simple and straightforward. And then there is work.

New whistleblower law protects federal employees

After years of trying, the House and Senate finally passed and President Obama signed the "Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012," which amends whistleblower protections for federal employees. Previous attempts to pass enhanced whistleblower protection had failed due to political "backroom" maneuvering.

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