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October 2018 Archives

News from Passman & Kaplan: P&K Principal Moderates Panel With OSC Staff

News from Passman & Kaplan: Passman & Kaplan Principal Andrew J. Perlmutter will be moderating a panel discussion with staff from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel on November 28, 2018. The discussion, "Latest Developments at the Office of Special Counsel", is sponsored by the American Bar Association, Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Government Personnel Committee.  For additional details or to register, see the ABA's website.

Developments at the EEOC: P&K Wins Reasonable Accommodation Case

Developments at the EEOC:  On September 26, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Office of Federal Operations issued its decision in Cleveland C. et al. v. Dept. of Defense, EEOC Appeal Nos. 0120170405-0120170414.  Shifting from prior precedent, the EEOC recognized reasonable accommodation protections for persons suffering from pseudofolliculitis barbae (PB).

Developments at OPM: Guidance on Executive Order

Developments at OPM: On October 10, 2018, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued Interpretive Guidance on implementation of Section 5 of Executive Order 13,839.  OPM's Interpretive Guidance clarifies some aspects of how Section 5--the provision limiting modification of federal personnel records in settlement--should be applied.

Mental disabilities merit reasonable accommodation

The many myths and stigmas surrounding mental illness create barriers in the workplace. Employees with mental disabilities may be hesitant to disclose their struggles or ask for accommodations, and for good reason. Employers often refuse “special treatment” or even retaliate against the person.

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