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May 2013 Archives

NLRB nominees approved by Senate committee

Last week, a Senate committee voted to approve five nominees for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB has been in a holding pattern since an Court of Appeal's decision ruled that President Obama lacked the authority to make certain recess appointments to the board.

MSPB will not issue furlough-related advisory opinions

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has informed a union representing numerous workers within the Department of Defense (DOD) that it would be unable to respond to a request for an advisory opinion on the likelihood of its members succeeding with appeals related to furloughs.

OPM to examine equal pay issues in federal government

Equal pay for equal work has been a fundamental concept in employment law in the United States for very long time. The concept has been federal law since the early 1060s when President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act. This does not mean that the concept has been successful in practice. There have been many challenges within employment law related to the equal pay laws, but one would expect that the federal government, at least, would have set pay scales in such a way as to ensure women working for federal agencies earn the same as men doing equivalent jobs.

Case may limit whistleblower protection for some federal workers

The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act has only been law for a few months, but a case involving the Office of Personnel Management may compromise much of its protection for potentially thousands of federal government workers in jobs that are nominally related to national security.

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