(formerly Office of Compliance)
advancing workplace rights, safety & health,
and accessibility in the legislative branch
The Office of Congressional Workplace Rights will be closed on Monday - November 11, 2019 in observance of Veterans Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Thank you.
The Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) applies thirteen civil rights, labor, and workplace safety laws to Congress and its associated agencies.
The VEOA gives veterans improved access to Federal job opportunities and establishes a redress system for preference eligibles in the event that their veterans’ preference rights are violated.
Employees may not be discriminated against and denied health insurance based on their genetic information.
Certain legislative branch employees have the right to join a union and collectively bargain with an employing office.
Workplaces in the legislative branch must be free of hazards that are likely to cause death or serious injury.
Offices in the legislative branch must make their public services, programs, activities, and places of public accommodation accessible to members of the public who have a disability.
Employees are protected from being intimidated, retaliated against, or discriminated against for exercising their rights under the CAA.
The CAA applies certain rights and protections to employees performing in the "uniformed services."
Employees are entitled to be given advance notice of an office closing or mass layoff.
With limited exceptions, employees cannot be required to take polygraph (“lie detector”) tests.
Employees must get paid at least the current minimum wage, and certain employees are entitled to overtime pay.
Employees are entitled to 12 weeks of leave from work for certain family and medical reasons.
Employees cannot be harassed or discriminated against in personnel actions because of their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.