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TVA outsources IT jobs

The Tennessee Valley Authority told 62 employees in its information technology workforce that they would be out of a job in 90 days as part of plan to outsource tech to contractors and managed services.

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AFGE urges Congress to include labor priorities in defense appropriations bill

Priorities include preserving collective bargaining rights, granting paid family leave.

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Union slams WH plans to cut workers’ comp

As the White House presses on with a plan to cut workers’ comp -- drastically, for many feds, the American Federation of Government Employees is firing back.

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EEOC taking more comments on ‘official time’

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is reopening the comment period for the proposed rule on clarifying the use of official time for federal employees representing their co-workers in an equal employment opportunity matters.

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Funding shortfall may force USCIS furloughs

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is facing a funding shortfall that could force the agency to furlough nearly 11,000 employees in July.

Feds in high-risk jobs contracting COVID-19 cleared for workers’ comp

Feds working in high-risk, citizen-facing jobs who contract COVID-19 are facing a lower bar for workers’ comp approval, thanks to recent changes made by the Department of Labor to the claims process -- and a major union is expressing its approval.

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FLRA extends delay on SSA judges' contract

The reversal pauses of the implementation of a new contract while a lawsuit against a subcomponent of the Federal Labor Relations Authority plays out.

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VA benefits backlog climbs as pandemic drags on

The backlog of initial claims for benefits has been rising in recent weeks, after holding steady amid the 100% telework posture of the Veterans Benefits Administration.

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Returning to work? An employment law expert explains your rights in getting your boss to accommodate you and your family’s safety

Employment law is a patchwork at the best of times -- let alone during a global pandemic -- and legal protections may not cover every situation.

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Arbitrator supports AFGE VA Council’s official time grievance

Finding that the Department of Veterans Affairs improperly denied union representatives official time, the arbitrator ordered the VA to award union reps back pay with interest and restore the leave time they spent performing their duties.

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