Developments at the EEOC: On May 15, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register (79 Fed.Reg. 27,824-27,826). The Notice, entitled "The Federal Sector's Obligation To Be a Model Employer of Individuals With Disabilities" seeks comments from the public on how to implement the federal government's statutory obligation to be a model employer of the disabled. Comments are due by July 14, 2014.
Developments at the MSPB: On May 7, 2014, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) published a new report, Sexual Orientation and the Federal Workforce: Policy and Perception. As the MSPB noted in its press release announcing publication of the report, "The report examines Federal employee perceptions of workplace treatment based on sexual orientation and reviews the evolution and current state of the protections from sexual orientation discrimination in Federal employment."
Developments at the MSPB: On May 6, 2014, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) published a notice in the Federal Register (79 Fed.Reg. 25,895-25,896) seeking public comment on the MSPB's research agenda.
Developments at OPM: On Monday, May 5, 2014, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published a final rule in the Federal Register implementing the 2012 Hatch Act amendments. The Final Rule can be found at 79 Fed.Reg. 25,483-25,486. The Hatch Act amendments were analyzed previously in this blog. The Final Rule comes into effect June 4, 2014.