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News from Congress: Federal Employee Paid Leave Act

News from Congress:   In late December 2019, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, Pub.L. 116-92. The NDAA enacted a new paid parental leave benefit for most federal employees.

News from Congress: New Law on Whistleblowing to Congress

News from Congress:  In late December 2019, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, Pub.L. 116-92. The NDAA contained new amendments to whistleblower protection laws for those who blow the whistle to Congress.

News from Congress: Federal Applicants and the Fair Chance Act

News from Congress: In late December 2019, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, Pub.L. 116-92.  The NDAA contained a new statute--the "Fair Chance Act"--which made important changes to federal hiring procedures for job applicants with criminal records. 

News from Congress: P&K Client Blows Whistle to Congress

News from Congress: Tricia Newbold, an employee at the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, recently testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. As the Committee's chair, Rep. Elijah Cummings, stated in an April 1, 2019 letter to the White House, Ms. Newbold "has informed the Committee that during the Trump Administration, she and other career officials adjudicated denials of dozens of applications for security clearances that were later overturned. As a result, she warned that security clearance applications for White House officials 'were not always adjudicated in the best interest of national security.' She also reported to the Committee that she has been targeted for retaliation after declining to grant security clearances based on longstanding national security protocols. She stated: 'I'm terrified of going back. I know that this will not be perceived in favor of my intentions, which is to bring back the integrity of the office.'"

News from Congress: Congressional Accountability Act Amendments

News from Congress: On December 21, 2018, the President signed Pub.L. 115-397. Pub.L. 115-397 made major revisions to the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA), which governs discrimination claims for most legislative branch employees.

News from Congress: Furlough Back Pay Pre-Approved

News from Congress:  On January 16, 2019, the President signed S.24, the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 into law.  S.24 contains important provisions for federal employees subject to the present partial government shutdown, as well as for employees affected by future appropriations lapse furloughs.

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 Congress: VA Employees' Civil Service Protections Slashed

News from Congress:  On June 23, 2017, the President signed into law Pub.L. 115-41.  The new statute reduces civil service protections for employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

News from Congress: Congress Reverses Federal Circuit in "Follow the Rules" Act

News from Congress:  On June 14, 2017, the President signed into law H.R. 657 as new Pub.L. 115-40. the so-called "Follow the Rules Act." The statute was designed to legislatively overrule the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Rainey.

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