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October 2017 Archives

News from Congress: New Whistleblower Protections

News from Congress: On October 26, 2017, new whistleblower protection legislation was signed into law as Pub.L. 115-73.  The statute makes several important changes to whistleblower reprisal protections for federal employees.

News from the Federal Circuit: FBI Whistleblower Appeal Rights Rejected

News from the Federal Circuit: On October 26, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its en banc decision rehearing in Parkinson v. Dept. of Justice, No. 2015-3066. In a split decision, the Court rejected an FBI employee's ability to raise a whistleblower reprisal affirmative defense in his MSPB appeal.

Developments at the GAO: DoD Contractor Whistleblower Protections

Developments at the GAO:  On September 29, 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report concerning the status of Department of Defense (DoD) whistleblower protections for government contractors.

Can an employee on FMLA leave from work attend a night concert?

A federal court in Texas has dismissed a claim of FMLA discrimination and retaliation by a woman who was fired after attending a Beyoncé concert while she was on personal medical leave. The railroad employee claimed that the company interfered with her rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act and illegally terminated her. The employer countered that she was fired for abusing the leave policy and failing to communicate with her managers per FMLA rules.

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