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July 2013 Archives

MSPB overwhelmed by sequestration-related appeals

The sequestration that began on March 1 of this year is starting to have substantial impact on the function of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The board, which is responsible for hearing employee complaints involving adverse job actions, has recently seen the trickle of cases related to sequestration furloughs become a fire hose like torrent. 

Capitol Police discrimination case continues

Black members of the U.S. Capitol Police are continuing a race discrimination lawsuit that has been proceeding for more than a decade. United States Capitol Black Police Association has filed an amended complaint in the case that was originally brought in 2001.

Survey shows federal jobs are failing to empower women

When an individual works for the federal government, he or she expects to be treated fairly and equally to co-workers. The government exists to protect its people, so of course employees of the government would be included in that. Unfortunately, the results of a survey show that not all federal employees feel they are treated fairly at work.

Supreme Court makes employee retaliation claims more difficult

A decision recently handed down by United States Supreme Court will make it increasingly burdensome going forward for employees to successfully claim instances of employer retaliation following allegations of employment discrimination.

Federal subcontractors now have whistleblower protections

A general consensus exists that society should encourage people to speak up when they see others breaking the law. As such, lawmakers have passed various pieces of legislation protecting those who act as whistleblowers on others' wrongdoings. The 2013 Defense Authorization Act went into effect on July 1, 2013, and as part of the DAA, Congress extended legal protections for whistleblowers that already exist for federal employees to those who work for Department of Defense as subcontractors.

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