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January 2017 Archives

Sharing employment information may be legal

The obligations of an employer and employee should be absolutely clear in the contract signed. Even so, there may be gray areas that leave a person wondering if an action may violate the terms that have been agreed to. Reading the fine print and scouring the clauses for vague language may provide the answer, but if an issue such as confidentiality is not mentioned, the employer’s rights in holding the employee accountable may not be valid.

It's a hiring freeze, but new hires are not the only ones affected.

Waiting for the hiring freeze to thaw? Turns out that new hires are not the only ones frozen in place. See how a federal employee's contract can still turn into ice. Hiring Freeze Newsletter_Official.jpg

Factors that can put your security clearance at risk

While Washington, D.C., is one of the top area for security jobs, not everyone who applies will get a position. In fact, security clearance checks can be extremely strict and eliminate job candidates because of actions that have been taken or things that have happened in his or her past. There are several things that can affect an applicant’s chances of getting a security job.

What is pregnancy discrimination?

If you are currently pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon, you are not obligated to inform your Washington, D.C. employer right away. However, being open about your situation can make it easier for your employer to make sure you are not discriminated against during your pregnancy, states The Balance. Federal law provides expecting women with certain protections against unfair treatment in the workplace. You should take some time to enlighten yourself about what pregnancy discrimination is so you know can protect your rights.

March Without Fear

Thumbnail image for woman-with-banner-during-the-street-protest-72798262.jpgThis weekend promises to be an eventful one in Washington, D.C. Many federal employees may be concerned about their participation in political activities this weekend, whether they plan to attend inauguration events or the Women's March on Washington. How can your political opinions and activities affect your job?

In the Trump era, federal employees face the possibility of retaliation

"Federal managers need to abide by merit system principles, even when there is outside pressure to retaliate. [...] It's vital that federal managers protect employees who anger outside interests when they uncover potential wrongdoing as a part of their job."

A closer look at religious discrimination

While many people are aware of the prevalence of gender discrimination and racial discrimination, it is important to keep in mind that there are other reasons why employees experience unlawful discrimination. In Washington, D.C., and cities all over the nation, some workers are subjected to discrimination because of their religious beliefs. For victims of religious discrimination, some of whom may not even recognize their rights, the mistreatment often creates various challenges, such as financial problems due to losing a job or an incredible amount of anxiety.

What to do when you have been wrongfully fired

Like workers across the nation, federal employees in Washington, D.C., may sometimes lose their jobs unexpectedly. There may be times, though, when employees suspect the reason for their firing was illegal. Under certain circumstances, workers may press charges if they have been wrongfully fired.

Should American workers enjoy a 'right to disconnect' during off hours?

France has just enacted a "right to disconnect" law, which requires companies of 50 or more employees to shut down email to their employees' mobile phones and devices after work hours.

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