HR Headline Roundup for August 12-16, 2019

Injunction on Trump’s Federal Workforce Orders to Remain in Place, Government Executive

The Trump administration will not be allowed to implement rules that weaken job protections while unions appeal the circuit court decision that a district court judge erred in initially blocking the rules.


What 12 Candidates Seeking the Democratic Nomination for President Think About Public Servants and Their Unions , Government Executive

Read one paragraph each on Michael Bennett, Joe Biden, Corey Booker, Steve Bullock, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, Kamala Harris, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.


Report: 2017 Hiring Freeze Deeply Harmed State Department, Stars and Stripes

Surveys conducted by the department’s inspector general revealed that “96 percent of embassies and consulates overseas and 95 percent of offices in the U.S. reported negative effects on security, consular and administrative operations. Those included oversight of millions of dollars in counter-terrorism, health, human rights and humanitarian assistance programs from Afghanistan to Venezuela.”
    A separate IG report documented numerous instances of “disrespectful,” “hostile” and “inappropriate” treatment of employees by Trump political appointees. Much of the mistreatment was characterized as retaliation for being “insufficiently loyal” to the president.


How It Feels When the Trump Administration Guts Your Agency, Talking Points Memo

Even though the deadline for deciding to relocate with the offices of the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture has been eased, many senior employees and staffers with young families have already resigned or submitted notice. A TPM reporter interviewed several of those individuals.


Minn. Government Websites Vandalized, Government Technology

Hackers did not appear to access sensitive data when they defaced Department of Human Services webpages with anti-government messages. This highlights the importance of strengthening all levels of cybersecurity, as does the growing number of ransomware attacks against school systems.


Fearing Violence, Some Calif. Police Departments Have Stopped Responding to Suicide Calls, Los Angeles Times

Concerns range from wanting to avoid ambushes and prevent suicide by cop to believing that police intervention would only escalate situations and create liability for the department.

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