Whistleblower and employment discrimination lawyer Eric Bachman to speak at the American Bar Association’s 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference from November 8-11, 2017. Bachman and other experts will speak on November 9, 2017 in Washington, DC about “Federal Employee Rights and Responsibilities in a Changing Civil Service Landscape.” Specifically, the panelists will offer insights on proposed reforms and restructuring to the federal civil service workforce. Topics will include:
- emerging whistleblower issues in the federal government;
- employment discrimination issues related to LGBT protections for federal employees;
- political speech in the workplace under the Hatch Act; and
- the budget outlook and potential impact on federal employees and agencies
Guide to Whistleblower Protection Act
Bachman recently co-authored a guide for federal employee whistleblowers titled The Whistleblower Protection Act: Empowering Federal Employees to Root Out Waste, Fraud and Abuse and is available for download by clicking here.The goal of the guide is to inform federal employees about the whistleblower rights and protections available under the Whistleblower Protection Act, as amended by the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act and the Follow the Rules Act.
This guide provides an overview of the WPA and offers practical tips for navigating some of the challenging issues that often arise in whistleblower cases. Topics covered include:
- What Disclosures are Protected Under the Whistleblower Protection Act?
- Does the Whistleblower Protection Act Protect Employees Who Exercise an Appeal or Grievance Right?
- Prohibited Forms of Whistleblower Retaliation
- Proving Knowledge of Protected Whistleblowing
- Proving Causation
- What is an Agency’s Burden to Avoid Liability Once the Whistleblower Has Proved Causation?
- Seeking Relief from Retaliation
- Election of Remedies
- Can OSC Seek a Stay of a Personnel Action?
- Damages or Remedies for Retaliation
- Gag Orders and Non-Disclosure Agreements