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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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Arbitrator finds SSA withheld key information in dispute with judges' union

The decision comes as the Association of Administrative Law Judges is in the midst of a lawsuit against component of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

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NTEU calls on IRS to further extend tax filing deadline

National Treasury Employee Union leaders pressed the administration to reschedule the deadline to Oct. 15

USPS board names new postmaster general, unions skeptical

The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service announced its unanimous selection of Louis DeJoy as organization’s 75th postmaster general and CEO, but are concerned the choice was political.

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Unions react to the HEROES Act proposal

Government-employee unions vowed to support the Democrats in the legislative fight to prevent massive jobs loss and protect essential workers.

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