Retroactive Ruling Gives Federal Whistleblowers A Boost
Law360, New York (June 28, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT) -- A 2012 statute that enhanced federal workers' whistleblower protections applies retroactively to cases that were pending when it was enacted, a disciplinary appeals board said Wednesday, allowing stalled retaliation claims to proceed against the government and adding to the seemingly ever-expanding body of protections for whistleblowers, attorneys said.
The Merit Systems Protection Board — which hears worker challenges to disciplinary decisions at executive branch agencies — ruled that the standards for what constitutes a protected disclosure under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 could be applied to cases that were already pending as of the statute's Dec. 27 effective date. ...
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