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June 2015 Archives

Developments at OPM: Final Rule on National Security Positions

Developments at OPM:  On June 5, 2015, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) jointly published a Final Rule in the Federal Register (80 Fed.Reg. 32,244-32,265).  The Final Rule implemented updated regulations for agencies to designate positions as "national security positions"--and potentially excluding  affected positions from Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.  The Final Rule is effective July 6, 2015.

Developments at OPM: Guide on Protections for LGBT Federal Employees

Developments at OPM:  On June 3, 2015, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) jointly issued a new report, "Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment  A Guide to Employment Rights, Protections and Responsibilities."  This Guide summarizes the great extent to which the EEOC and OSC have expanded to cover sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination claims during the past 10 years.

News from the Supreme Court: EEOC Wins Religious Accommodation Case

News from the Supreme Court:  On June 1, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., ___ U.S. ___, No. 14-86.  The Supreme Court vindicated Title VII's requirements that employers provide reasonable accommodation for religion in the hiring process.

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