CAA Standards of Causation After Babb v. Wilkie
On April 6 of this year, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Babb v. Wilkie, 140 S. Ct. 1168 (2020), clarifying that the standard of causation under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is much more favorable to federal sector plaintiffs than the private sector’s “but-for” causation standard. In an 8-1 opinion authored by Justice Alito, the Court held that the plain language of...
Pandemics and the CAA
Generally speaking, pandemics do not give rise to new legal obligations or alter existing ones under the various statutes, except to the extent that Congress specifically passes legislation to do so. However, employees’ existing rights – and employing offices’ existing obligations – remain intact during times of pandemics or other health crises, and it is important to consider how such...
Brown Bag Outline: Age Discrimination in Employment Act
older worker with title: Brown Bag Outline: Age discriminationOCWR BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES: AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT ACT OCTOBER 23, 2019 Under section 201 of the CAA, “All personnel actions affecting covered employees shall be made free from any discrimination based on… age, within the meaning of section 15 of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. 633a)[.]” In turn, section 15 of the ADEA, which applies specifically to federal...
Brown Bag: Supreme Court Preview of Employment Cases
supreme court facadeOCWR Brown Bag Lunch Series: Supreme Court Preview of Employment Cases In its upcoming October term the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will be deciding several important cases that could change or clarify the rights and obligations of covered employees and employing offices under the CAA. Some of these cases deal with substantive rights and protections, which would affect litigants...
Third-party harassment
crowd of people with text box: Brown Bag Lunch: Third-party harassmentCourts have held that an employer can be liable for the hostile work environment created by a non-employee because employers are responsible for the type of work environment they provide for their employees.
On the dial: Executive Director discusses modernized ADR program
radio and words: tune in to Susan Grundmann's interview about the modernized ADR programTune into Susan Tsui Grundmann's interview with Federal News Radio about the modernized administrative dispute resolution process and other changes made as part of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act.
7 things for every office to know about the CAA Reform Act
capitol building Please review the resources and information about the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act for legislative branch offices.
FAQS about the Reform Act
Frequently Asked Questions: What is the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act? Learn more about how the legislation impacts legislative branch employees...
Tune into Executive Director Susan Tsui Grundmann's interview with Federal News
radio with words overlaying: Tune into Susan Tsui Grundmann's interviewTune into Executive Director Susan Tsui Grundmann's Jan. 8, 2019 interview with Federal News Network. Ms. Grundmann discusses the new role of the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights with Tom Temin.
Training focus: The Need for Civility
Training Focus: The Need for Civility on Capitol Hill "This follows a growing trend in training ...that focuses on civility rather than legal definitions and requirements exclusively."

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