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March 2016 Archives

News from the Federal Circuit: WPEA Retroactivity Decision

News from the Federal Circuit:  On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential decision in Hicks v. Merit Systems Protection Board, No. 2016-1091.  While rejecting Ms. Hicks' appeal, the Federal Circuit followed the retroactivity analysis used by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) in its earlier decisions concerning the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), leaving the door open to some WPEA provisions retaining retroactive coverage.

Can federal employees be fired for something they say or write?

As a federal employee, you are in a unique position. On one hand you represent the government and its interests. On the other, you are a private citizen with constitutional rights, such as freedom of speech. Unfortunately, this duality can make it complicated when your personal views conflict with the government's and you make others aware of it.

News from the Whitehouse: Amendment to Civil Service Hiring

News from the Whitehouse:  On March 18, 2016, President Obama signed into law Public Law 114-137.  This new statute made some changes to federal civil service hiring procedures, although their potential effectiveness has been called into question.

PASSMAN & KAPLAN FOUNDING PRINCIPAL JOSEPH V. KAPLAN TO BE SPEAKER AT MD CHATPER, LABOR & EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS ASSN DINNER MEETING MARCH 23RD; SPEAKING ON REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION UNDER THE ADA

On Wednesday evening, March 23, 2016, Passman Kaplan founding principal, Joseph V. Kaplan, will be the featured speaker at the monthly dinner meeting of the Maryland Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA). Mr. Kaplan will be speaking on the topic of "Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA." The meeting, which begins at 5:30 PM, will be held at the La Tavola restaurant in Baltimore Maryland. RSVP's to [email protected]#abato.com 

PASSMAN & KAPLAN FOUNDING PRINCIPAL EDWARD H. PASSMAN TO PRESENT TALK FOR THE METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (MWELA) ON MAY 18, 2016

Passman & Kaplan founding principal Edward H. Passman will be presenting at a brown-bag lunch for the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA) on May 18, 2016. The talk, "Use of Retirement and Workers' Compensation in Federal Employee Litigation and Settlements," will be held in Washington, D.C. 

Developments at the MSPB: Annual Report for FY 2015

Developments at the MSPB:  On February 29, 2016, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) issued its Annual Report for FY 2015.  This Annual Report, issued a mere 20 days after the MSPB's Annual Performance Report (analyzed in this blog), provided more detailed statistics concerning its caseload in FY 2015. 

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