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High court rules president can remove CFPB director

Chief Justice John Roberts writes that the single-director structure of the Consumer Financial Protection is virtually unprecedented and violates separation of powers doctrine.

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White House designs on OPM get renewed attention

The administration’s plan to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management and weaken civil servants' protections from political interference gets a fresh look.

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Pandemic oversight group details watchdog challenges

The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee described issues with conducting oversight of federal agencies who received CARES Act funding and protecting the physical safety of employees whose work did not allow them to perform their duties remotely.

Sexual harassment: Expert weighs Federal #MeToo report and prospects for change

Nathan Abse discusses a new report on sexual harassment in the federal workspace and in general with Dr. Barbara Ziv, a forensic psychiatrist and expert on sexual harassment and sexual assault.

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Feds can legally protest -- but keep your job out of it

When it comes to protesting, federal employees have the same rights of expression as other Americans – with some caveats.

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Bureau of Prisons units deployed in D.C. protests

A former union official says crisis management teams have historically been deployed for crowd control, protecting federal buildings.

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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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Lawmakers aim to limit president’s removal of IGs

The Inspector General Independence Act would require the White House to notify Congress of any firings of IGs and only allow an IG to be removed for one of 10 documented reasons such as neglect of duty, malfeasance, permanent incapacity and abuse of power.

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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 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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