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Senators propose labor-management task forces on COVID policiies

A group of Senate Democrats is proposing legislation to create labor-management task forces inside government to review pandemic-related workforce policies.

Report: Rising fed COVID toll now tops 4,000 disabled, 60 dead

To date, more than 4,000 federal employees or their families have claimed disability compensation for COVID-19 contracted at work -- with around 60 more claiming death benefits, according to a new report.

AFGE expands COVID hazard pay suit

American Federation of Government Employees has amended its claim for hazard pay for federal workers exposed to the coronavirus, adding plaintiffs from several new agencies.

Senator asks agencies to publicly share reopening plans

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich) sent letters to 24 agencies on July 14 asking them to release details of any contingency plans they had for ensuring employees’ safety after health concerns due to COVID-19 forced large numbers of government employees to work remotely.

Reopening plans endanger National Capital Region, senators say

Senators from Maryland and Virginia have voiced their opposition to the federal government’s plan to require agency workers in the National Capital Region to return to their workplaces.

Boosting VA pay is key to retention, Wilkie says

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to pay medical workers more competitive salaries to better attract and retain them during the pandemic, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said, and Congress just gave the agency more authority to do it.

Surge of workers' comp claims could impact processing

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to slow claims processing at the Division of Federal Employees' Compensation, according to a July 6 audit of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs by the Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General.

Can COVID-driven telework continue to thrive?

This week, Nathan Abse interviewed Eagle Hill’s David Witkowski, a management consultant who practices at “the intersection of technology and people at work,” as he puts it, about changing attitudes toward telework.

IG dings Energy for insufficient drug testing

The Department of Energy is not drug-testing employees as it should, according to the department’s inspector general.

Surge of workers' comp claims could impact processing

Effects of the pandemic are expected to slow claims processing at the Division of Federal Employees' Compensation, according to a July 6 audit of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs by the Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General.

As TSA workers face COVID risks, union calls for full workplace rights

Amid an uneven rollout of safety procedures and hundreds of COVID-19 infections, the American Federation of Government Employees is pushing workplace rights, protections and benefits for Transportation Security Administration employees.

Feds reopening plans endanger National Capital Region, senators say

Senators from Maryland and Virginia have voiced their opposition to the federal government’s plan to require agency workers in the National Capital Region to return to their workplaces.

House FY21 funding bill blocks OPM-GSA merger and empowers unions

The House Appropriations Committee's Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee's bill would codify language to block merging the Office of Personnel Management and General Services Administration -- an administration goal that has drawn opposition from congressional Democratic leaders.

Sending extra CBP officers to Texas ‘dangerous,’ union says

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising in Texas, the National Treasury Employees Union is raising concerns with Customs and Border Protection’s plan to rotate in more than 800 CBP officers from other ports to assist with border patrol.

Is it too soon to send feds back to their workplaces?

Federal agencies -- especially those in the Washington, D.C., region -- are returning employees to their regular workplaces at a faster clip than most private-sector employers, according to a report.

DOD pushes ahead with phased reopening

The Defense Department has moved to Phase 2 of its multiphase reopening plan for the Pentagon reservation.