Developments at the MSPB: On May 11, 2015, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) issued a new report, What is Due Process in Federal Civil Service Employment? This report appeared to target certain alleged mischaracterizations regarding civil service due process rights of federal employees which, according to recent press accounts, have been driving proposals in Congress to truncate those due process protections.
News from the Supreme Court: On April 27, 2015, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal in Green v. Donahoe. The appeal seeks to resolve a split in the courts regarding how to calculate deadlines for federal sector EEO complaints.
Developments at the EEOC: On April 6, 2015, the General Services Administration (GSA) decided not to appeal the default judgment order imposed against it in EEOC No. 5702-2012-00608X. GSA was sanctioned for its failure to timely investigate an EEO complaint, in a case where the Complainant onlydid not receive the report of investigation from GSA until 506 days after the formal complaint, and 350 days after the last amendment.
News from the Supreme Court: In a 6-3 split decision, the Supreme Court declined to follow the EEOC's guidance in accommodating pregnant employees seeking light-duty accommodations. Young v. United Parcel Service, ___ U.S. ____, No. 12-1226 (3/25/15). The Supreme Court held that the UPS did not have to offer pregnant employees light-duty assignments although it later changed its policy to do so. However, pregnant employees can still allege discrimination but will have to have to prove that the employer's alleged legitimate business reason was a pretext for discrimination.
Developments at the EEOC: On February 19, 2015, the EEOC's Office of Federal Operations (OFO) issued its decision in Meyer et al. v. Department of State, EEOC Request No. 0520140506. OFO upheld class certification for a claim against the State Department (Agency) of alleged disability discrimination in hiring for Foreign Service positions.
Developments at the GAO: On March 9, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report, "FEDERAL WORKFORCE: Improved Supervision and Better Use of Probationary Periods Are Needed To Address Substandard Employee Performance", Report GAO-15-191. In the report, GAO discussed various issues concerning performance management for federal employees.
News from the Federal Circuit: On February 18, 2015, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential split decision in Herring v. Merit Systems Protection Board, ___ F.3d ___, No. 2013-3170. The majority found 'good cause' to excuse Ms. Herring's untimely filing of her Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal, based on delays by Ms. Herring's law firm.
Developments at the EEOC: On January 28, 2015, the EEOC's Office of Federal Operations (OFO) issued its decision in Complainant v. Dept. of the Air Force, EEOC Appeal No. 0120142407. OFO found that the Complainant, a federal contractor, was able to press a discrimination complaint against the Air Force (Agency) through the federal-sector EEO process.
Developments at the EEOC: On February 6, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register (80 Fed.Reg. 6,669-6,671). In the ANPRM, the EEOC requests public comment on all aspects of its federal-sector EEO complaints adjudication process, potentially contemplating a future revision of that process.
Developments at the MSPB: On February 2, 2015, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) issued its annual performance report for FY 2014, combined with its performance plan for FY 2015-2016. The report discussed the current status of the MSPB's caseload of furlough appeals, its overall case processing in FY 2014, and specific case statistics for whistleblower reprisal cases.