September 2021 Federal Employment Law Training Group Newsletter

Maybe, Hopefully, Possibly…or Wishful Thinking?


A few days ago, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Tristan Leavitt to the third and final vacancy at the Merit Systems Protection Board. Leavitt has worked at the MSPB for years and has been running the place since Mark Robbins’ term expired in early 2019. Now, here’s hoping that the Senate will do what they failed to do in the last Administration – vote and confirm these three pending members so that the backlog of around 3,500 Petitions for Review can finally start to be processed.

September is in full swing and we are looking forward to the end-of-FY virtual event Federal Workplace 2021: Accountability, Challenges and Trends. With 16 short sessions over the course of the week tackling the topics most important to your agency in the coming months, there’s a place for everyone. Attend whatever sessions you prefer, from one to all. We can’t wait to have you join us.

This month’s top story is, of course, about the new vaccine mandate (and check out a recent FedUpward Podcast where Katie Atkinson and I discuss the legal issues in), but also see articles on pro-union leadership, workplace investigations and more.

Take care,

Deborah J. Hopkins, FELTG President

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Well, Excu-u-use Me! Sometimes, Feds Say the Darndest Things

By Dan Gephart, September 14, 2021 Ever hear about the Federal employee who walked out of Whole Foods without paying for the two tacos in his hands? When stopped by security, he claimed he “thought the tacos were comped for Federal employees.” Or how about the Fed who...

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