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January 2017 Archives

Developments at the MSPB: Annual Report for FY 2016

Developments at the MSPB: On January 18, 2017, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) issued its Annual Report for FY 2016. This Annual Report, which was signed by former MSPB Chair Grundmann a mere day before her departure from the MSPB to the Office of Compliance and the loss of quorum at the MSPB, provided detailed statistics concerning its caseload in FY 2016.

Developments at the EEOC: Final Federal Sector Disability Rule

Developments at the EEOC: On January 3, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register, 82 Fed.Reg. 654-681.  The Final Rule clarifies the federal government's obligations as a model employer of disabled individuals.

News from the Federal Circuit: Delay Leaves Settlement Unenforced

News from the Federal Circuit: On December 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals issued its decision in Gallegos v. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Case No. 2016-2120.  A divided panel refused to enforce a breached clean record settlement agreement provision because of the delay in seeking enforcement.

News from the White House: Changes in "Administrative Leave" Rules, etc.

News from the White House: On December 23, 2016, President Obama signed S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA).  This law contained several important changes in the law relevant to federal employees, specifically in three areas:  administrative leave, negative paper trails, and buyouts for DoD employees.

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