Check here for articles and blog posts we are posting regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and how it may pertain to you.
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health: It’s Important for YOU, Your Work, and Also Your Security Clearance,Posted by Nina Ren on May 10, 2020
- COVID-19 Is Especially Dangerous for You: What if your Agency Calls You Back to the Office?Posted by Mary Kuntz on May 8, 2020
- Am I Eligible for Additional Sick Leave Because of the Coronavirus,Posted by Mary Kuntz on May 6, 2020
- FAQ: COVID-19 and Navigating the Workplace with a Disability,Posted by Elisabeth Baker-Pham
- Federal Workforce May be Forced to Return to Work Prematurely Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic,
- Pandemic Whistleblowing for Federal Employees, Posted by Richard Renner on
- “Ask the EEOC”: EEOC COVID-19 Answers in a Nutshell,Posted by Elisabeth Baker-Pham
- Pandemic reveals a hole in our web of whistleblower protections
- A $2 Trillion Response to Crisis, But What’s In It For Federal Employees?Posted by Alexander Booker on March 27, 2020
- Remedies for Lack of Medical Personnel Protections,Posted by Mary Kuntz on March 23, 2020
- What does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act mean for you?
Posted by Sarah Martin on March 19, 2020
KCNF Speaks about COVID-19 and the Workplace
- cyberFEDS®: Ordering work without PPE could violate regulation, trigger whistleblower complaints
KCNF attorney Richard Renner spoke with cyberFEDS that as employees return to the workplace, HR can help prevent complaints about any lack of personal protective equipment by showing flexibility and empathy, but should also be prepared to handle concerns about lack of PPE.
FAQ: COVID-19 and Navigating the Workplace with a Disability,
KCNF attorney Elisabeth Baker-Pham’s article on COVID-19 and Navigating the Workplace with Disability was published on the Workplace Fairness website.
- Congress needs to update protections for workplace-safety whistleblowers
KCNF attorney Richard Renner’s letter to the editor “Congress needs to update protections for workplace-safety whistleblowers” was published in The Washington Post.
- Unsanitized Bathrooms and Working While Sick: Postal Workers Flood OSHA With Coronavirus Complaints
KCNF attorney Richard Renner spoke with Government Executive about Postal Workers’ complaints filed with OSHA alleging COVID-19 related unsafe working conditions.
- cyberFEDS®: 5 precautions for blowing the whistle on COVID-19 public health dangers
KCNF attorney Richard Renner spoke with cyberFEDS about how federal employees can blow the whistle on COVID-19 public health issues in the workplace.
- Virus Whistleblowers Turning to OSHA Can Tap Extra Protections
KCNF attorney Richard Renner spoke with Bloomberg Law about the varied options available to whistleblowers who face retaliation for raising workplace health and safety concerns.
- The Justice Department Isn’t Giving Employees Enough Guidance On Working During The Coronavirus Pandemic, Workers Say
A DOJ employee group sent a letter to leadership Monday saying some offices have yet to put out policies addressing paid leave and flexible work schedules.
- Inspectors General and whistleblowers have never been more important than during the coronavirus crisis.
As KCNF whistleblower advocate Richard Renner explained to The Hill recently, “Unless an agency can show a good reason to remove them, federal workers tend to ‘enjoy a type of tenure.'”
- Crisis at Oakdale: Coronavirus cripples federal prison in Louisiana
“The staff are stretched too thin down there,” said Heidi Burakiewicz, who represents the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) in the lawsuit. “They are doing a miraculous, amazing job, but I am so worried about how they’re going to keep this going, especially if additional people keep getting sick.”
- Your workplace has banned travel because of the coronavirus. Now what?
KCNF attorney Heidi Burakiewicz spoke with The Washington Post about the coronavirus and its effects on employees in the workplace.
- Council Unanimously Passes Emergency COVID-19 Response Bill
In an extraordinarily rapid and thorough manner, the Council solicited and received input from the public, individual Council offices and committees, as well as the executive branch and the Chief Financial Officer.
- Q&A for federal employees about the coronavirus
Federal employees have many many issues and concerns surrounding the coronavirus and covid-19, the respiratory disease the virus causes.
- 5 tips to managing performance during a pandemic.
James Eisenmann spoke with Cyberfeds about managing performance during a pandemic.
- A message from EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon about unlawful national origin and race discrimination against Asian Americans in the workplace during the pandemic.
- What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19
- Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans With Disabilities Act
- EEOC COVID-19 “Ask the EEOC” Webinar
- EEOC COVID-19 “Ask the EEOC” Webinar Transcript
- DOL Fact Sheet: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights (English)
- DOL Fact Sheet: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights (Spanish)
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
- COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers
- COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act: Questions and Answers
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- Temporary OSHA Guidance on Respiratory Protection Standard
- OPM Fact Sheet: Options for Telework-Eligible Employees with Caregiving Responsibilities
- OPM February 7, 2020 Memo Re: Human Resources Flexibilities Available for Federal Employees Impacted by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Attached Advice