Legislation has been introduced in the House which would exempt veterans from the federal hiring freeze.
The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 recently took effect for certain newly hired federal employees. OPM has provided a fact sheet about who is eligible for this leave program and how to use it.
The Office of Personnel Management has issued guidance on the new disabled veterans leave program that will soon be available for new federal employees, and also reminded current federal workers about leave and workplace flexibilities available to them.
Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) is introducing legislation to clamp down on VA food safety inspections after a whistleblower report highlighted unsanitary conditions at a kitchen facility in a Chicago area VA hospital.
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that a veteran did not have his veterans’ preference rights violated by the Department of Labor when he applied, but was not considered for, a position as a Recent Graduate Wage and Hour Specialist pursuant to the President’s Pathways Program.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed two bipartisan veterans bills: H.R. 570, the American Heroes COLA Act and H.R. 1412, the Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013.
The author says that the federal government continues to fumble with veteran’s preference matters as evidenced by some recent cases.