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OPM Faces Another Class Action For The Theft Of Data Affecting 21.5 Million Current, Former And Prospective Government Employees

On August 14, 2015, a class action was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of about 21.5 million federal employees, contractors, and job applicants whose personal information was...more

Pittsburgh City Council Passes Paid Sick Days Act

On Monday August 3, 2015, Pittsburgh City Council approved an ordinance titled “Paid Sick Days Act” requiring employers to offer paid sick days to employees. The ordinance is designed to benefit 50,000 workers in the city of...more

United Airlines suffers network breach–same hackers as OPM suspected—dark motives

United Airlines has confirmed that it has suffered a data and network breach which occurred during the same time frame as the OPM breach. Investigators suspect the same Chinese state-sponsored hackers are responsible for both...more

EEOC Issues Updated Federal Sector Guidance

Revised Management Directive 110 Provides Needed Clarity to Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Process - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued an update of its Management...more

OPM Data Breach Update

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved funding to provide the 22 million individuals affected by the OPM data breaches with 10 years of credit monitoring services and $5 million in liability protection for damages,...more

EEOC Rules that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

On the heels of the landmark decision by the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage, the EEOC held on July 15, 2015 that sex discrimination under Title VII includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Even...more

Is a Uniform Federal Data Breach Law Really Necessary?

In June 2015, the United States Office of Personnel Management announced a massive data breach. Estimates are that the breach compromises the personal information of up to 18 million current, former and potential federal...more

Needed Now: Experienced and Talented Cybersecurity Professionals to Protect Government Data Systems

The announcement on June 4th of a massive cybersecurity attack that compromised data stored on Office of Personnel Management (OPM) systems for 4.2 million current and former federal employees is the most recent head-smacking...more

Federal Employees’ Personal Information Compromised by Data Breach

In recent headlines, the Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) has begun notifying millions of federal employees that it may have lost their personal information earlier this month in a data breach. The data breach...more

PIPEDA Amendments In-Force

Amendments to Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) are frequently proposed but just as frequently die on the order paper. Bill S-4, which proposed the most significant amendments to...more

Largest Breach in U.S. Government History Is a Wake-Up Call on Need for Encryption

Employees are reasonable in assuming that their employer is protecting their personal information from compromise. The obvious way to do that is to maintain appropriate encryption technology. Simply put: encryption,...more

UPDATE: Union Claims that Hackers Have Accessed Personal Data of “All” Federal Employees

As an update to our blog post, “Data Breach Affects Millions of Current and Former Government Workers”, a union representing federal workers is now claiming that the hack may be worse than originally feared. Yesterday, the...more

Agencies Release Guide on LGBT Discrimination Protections for Federal Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, four Federal Government agencies with roles in ensuring fairness in the federal workplace released a guide on the rights and processes available to applicants and employees who allege sexual...more

Can Comments By a Federal Employee Result in a Taking Requiring Compensation Under the Fifth Amendment?

It depends. A recent decision out of the Federal Circuit tackled this very issue, and the court’s decision strongly suggests that a taking could arise under the right circumstances. (Filler v. U.S. (Fed. Cir. Mar. 10, 2015)...more

Obama Continues to Push For Federal Sick Leave

During his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama continued his push for a mandatory paid sick leave law by calling on Congress to act and send him a bill. The White House first announced its plans last week in...more

Federal Government Discriminates Against Transgender Employee

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel recently announced that a federal government agency violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against an employee who transitioned from male to female in 2010....more

Department of Labor Publishes Final Rule to Raise Minimum Wage for Certain Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

The U.S. Department of Labor issued final regulations on October 1, 2014 to implement Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors. President Obama signed the Executive Order on February 12, 2014. The...more

EEOC to Hold Live Twitter Chat On Disability Employment in the Federal Sector

Chair Jenny Yang and Commissioner Chai Feldblum Will Answer Questions - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a live Twitter chat on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm...more

Final Rule Raising Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Thomas Perez, recently issued the final rule raising the minimum wage for workers on federal service and construction contracts to $10.10 per hour. The final rule enacts...more

Health Plans Petition the Supreme Court to Determine Whether FEHBA Preempts State Anti-Subrogation Statutes

The Federal Employees Health Benefit Act (FEHBA) governs federal employee health plans and contains a broad preemption clause comparable to the one found in ERISA.1 Despite the similarity, state and federal courts are split...more

Government Contracting, The False Claims Act and the Art of Voluntary Disclosures

With so many personal gadgets needing daily recharging, desktop hard drives running 24 hours a day, and DVRs recording movies that run while we’re asleep, do you wonder where all that electricity is coming from? The next big...more

Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Even the Government Falls Victim to Wage and Hour Violations Sometimes

Remember last fall when all we could talk about was the government shutdown? The 16-day government shutdown captured the attention of a nation once again gripped by seemingly-manufactured political crisis. Last week, two...more

Post-Employment Rules and Restrictions for Former Federal Government Officials

Thinking of hiring a former federal government official? Better know the post-employment rules and restrictions: Lifetime Ban - Former Executive Branch Employees and Officials may not "switch sides" in relation to a...more

Executive Order Bars Discrimination against LGBT Workers for Federal Contractors, Government

President Obama recently signed an executive order that will prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The executive order adds sexual orientation and...more

Executive Order Extends LGBT Protections to Federal Contractor Employees

On Monday, July 21, 2014, President Obama amended two prior executive orders to extend employment protections to lesbian, gay and/or transgender (LGBT) workers. Executive Order 11246 was first signed by President Lyndon B....more

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