By Ann Boehm, December 15, 2020

Dear Santa:

I think I have been very good this year, although 2020 needs to be on the naughty list. I hope you and Mrs. Claus are doing OK during the pandemic.

For Christmas this year, here are some Federal employment law things I’d like:

  1. A quorum at the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). (Two members will do. Three would be really great.)
  2. A General Counsel at the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).
  3. Simplification of the Federal equal employment opportunity complaint process. (I know, I’ve been asking for this for a very long time. It’s kind of like the pony I keep asking for – I just know it will show up someday.)
  4. Labor-management partnerships that are actually balanced exchanges of ideas between unions and management.
  5. Performance improvement plans /demonstration periods/opportunities to demonstrate performance that stay 30 days long (because that’s always been long enough according to the MSPB).
  6. Recognition by the Federal unions that bad employees hurt the good ones, even bargaining unit members – and then (this is a big ask) union cooperation with management when management takes care of the bad ones through discipline or performance.
  7. Decisions from the MSPB (see number 1), the FLRA, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that are based more on the law than on political biases.
  8. Some kind of amazing alternative dispute resolution process at the MSPB that will help them with their backlog of more than 3,000 appeals.
  9. Smooth transitions for Federal employees and agencies as people start returning to the workplace, whenever that happens.
  10. A pony. (I know it’s not really a Federal employment law thing, but I still really want one, and I have to keep trying.)

Thanks, Santa. Be safe out there on Christmas Eve! I can’t wait to see what you bring me! [email protected]

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