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August 2017 Archives

PASSMAN & KAPLAN HELPS DRAFT NELA COMMENTS TO OPM

On August 14, 2017, the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) submitted comments to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on its proposed rules on administrative leave issues for federal employees. The NELA comments were co-authored by Passman & Kaplan Senior Associate Andrew J. Perlmutter. 

Employees are not fully protected by the First Amendment

Private employment is at will. The most productive or most loyal worker is subject to termination at any time. Employers are not required to show cause or pay severance. The only exception is getting fired for a discriminatory reason that violates state or federal law.

News from the Courts: Discrimination Complaint Reinstated

News from the Courts:  On August 11, 2017, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its revised opinion in Ortiz-Diaz v. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, No. 15-5008.  Reversing its own prior decision, the panel reinstated portions of Mr. Ortiz-Diaz's EEO complaint.

P&K FOUNDING PRINCIPAL JOSEPH V. KAPLAN TO PRESENT AT ANNUAL FDR TRAINING CONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO

Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan is once again pleased to be a presenter at this year's FDR Training Conference, held in San Francisco Aug 7-10, 2017. Mr. Kaplan will be participating in the EEOC and MSPB mock hearings, as well as advanced panels on reasonable accommodations and speech issues in a seemingly growing uncivil work place. 

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