Debate Resolution Under the Congressional Accountability Act

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What is the CAA?. The Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) applies 12 social equality, work, and working environment wellbeing laws to the U.S. Congress and Legislative Branch workers.. www.compliance.gov. Snap to Advance. What Does the CAA Mean to Legislative Branch Employees?. Security from segregation in vocation taking into account race, shading, religion, sex, national cause, age, or disabilityProtection fr

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´╗┐Office of Compliance propelling security, wellbeing, and work environment rights in the administrative branch Dispute Resolution Under the Congressional Accountability Act

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What is the CAA? The Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) applies 12 social equality, work, and work environment security laws to the U.S. Congress and Legislative Branch representatives. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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Protection from separation in business in view of race, shading, religion, sex, national beginning, age, or incapacity Protection from segregation concerning access by the crippled to open administrations and lodging Wage and work principles required under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) The privilege to time off gave by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) The privilege to get satisfactory notice of mass cutbacks and office closings Protection from dangerous or undesirable working conditions Protection against the utilization of polygraphs (lie indicators) in the working environment Protection against work segregation for the individuals who serve in the formally dressed administrations The privilege to sort out and take part in aggregate haggling What Does the CAA Mean to Legislative Branch Employees? Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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Who is Covered by the CAA? Place of Representatives and Senate (counting area workplaces) All boards of trustees of Congress Architect of the Capitol Police Capitol Guide Service Congressional Budget Office of the Attending Physician Office of Compliance *Refer to www.compliance.gov or to 2 U.S.C. 1301 et seq. for particular data on the use of every law to individual utilizing workplaces in the Legislative Branch representatives. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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How Are Disputes Resolved? The CAA gives an obligatory question determination prepare underlining advising and intercession for the settling of debate. In the event that the gatherings included are not ready to determine their question through advising and intervention, a representative may either seek after a non-legal managerial hearing procedure with the Office of Compliance or record suit in Federal Court. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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How Are Disputes Resolved? The debate determination process is a multi-step prepare starting with directing and intercession. All representatives, including area office staff, must take after set up debate determination techniques keeping in mind the end goal to handle their cases under the CAA. The inability to take after these systems or to meet built up courses of events may risk any cases raised under the CAA. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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The Dispute Resolution Process Click to Advance

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Dispute Resolution, Step One: Counseling Click to Advance

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Dispute Resolution, Step One: Counseling If an infringement of the CAA is claimed, a demand for guiding must be made inside 180 days after the date of the occasion. The directing time frame regularly goes on for 30 days. Amid the guiding time frame, an Office of Compliance instructor will talk about a worker's worries and illuminate the representative of his or her rights under the law. The guide does not fill in as a delegate or supporter, just as a counselor to help an individual see how the law functions and to elucidate actualities and issues. A secured worker may hold portrayal whenever amid the question determination prepare. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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Step Two: Mediation Click to Advance

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Step Two: Mediation If a worker proceeds with a claim after the advising time frame, the following stride is to demand intervention. Intercession must be asked for inside 15 days of accepting warning of the culmination of the advising time frame and goes on for 30 days unless both sides ask for an expansion of time. Amid intervention, the Office of Compliance selects at least one nonpartisan go betweens who will meet with the gatherings to the debate to look for an answer for the issue that is satisfactory to both sides. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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Step Two: Mediation The objective of intercession is an intentional determination worthy to all. Intervened settlements are constantly willful and can never be forced by the go between. Intervention licenses both representatives and their utilizing office to meet up with an unbiased outsider to endeavor to determine a debate under commonly satisfactory terms. The benefit of an intervened settlement is that it permits both sides to a debate to play a dynamic part in achieving a settlement as opposed to having one forced upon them by a Hearing Officer or judge. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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Step Three: Election of Proceeding Click to Advance

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Step Three: Election of Proceeding If intercession neglects to determine a grievance, a worker may either continue with a managerial hearing or document suit in Federal District Court. Either game-plan must be started inside 90 days (yet no sooner than 30 days) of the time that composed notice that intervention has finished is gotten. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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Election of Proceeding : Civil Action Click to Advance

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Election of Proceeding: Civil Action If a worker continues with a common activity after intercession, the suit and any interests will continue under the guidelines that regularly apply to activities in Federal court. Representatives who chip away at Capitol Hill who document a common suit after intercession ordinarily should do as such with the U.S. Area Court for the District of Columbia. Representatives who work outside of the District of Columbia may document suit in the U.S. Area Court where they work. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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Election of Proceeding : Administrative Hearing Click to Advance

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Election of Proceeding: Administrative Hearing If a worker seeks after a managerial hearing after intercession, a formal grumbling must be recorded with the Office of Compliance in composing. A managerial hearing ordinarily starts inside 60 days after a grievance is documented, and the Hearing Officer will issue a composed choice no later than 90 days after the hearing's decision. A free Hearing Officer is doled out to direct the hearing to decide the actualities and may issue subpoenas and require data from the gatherings included. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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Step Four: Review by the Board of Directors Click to Advance

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Step Four: Review by the Board of Directors If either the representative or utilizing office is disappointed with a ultimate choice of the Hearing Officer, a demand might be made to have the Hearing Officer's choice assessed by the Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance. An ask for audit by the Board of Directors must be made inside 30 days of the time the Hearing Officer's choice is gone into the records of the Office of Compliance. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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Step Four: Review by the Board of Directors After exploring the contentions from both sides in a question, the Board of Directors will issue a composed choice working on it alongside its thinking for the choice. In the event that either the worker or utilizing office is disappointed with the result of the interest to the Board of Directors, the choice might be engaged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for further survey. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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Points to Remember at whatever time amid the question determination prepare, the gatherings included may settle their debate before an official conclusion for the situation is made. Settlements must be in composing and should be endorsed by the Executive Director of the Office of Compliance. On the off chance that a representative wins for a situation, the Hearing Officer, Board of Directors, or Federal court may arrange financial honors and other proper cures. Lawyer's charges, master expenses, and certain different expenses may likewise be granted. No affable punishments or reformatory harms might be granted for any cases under the CAA. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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Violations Not Subject to This Process Certain rights connected by the CAA are not upheld through the guiding and intercession prepare. The General Counsel of the Office of Compliance may bring an implementation activity when infringement of security and wellbeing, unreasonable work practices, and access to open administrations and housing rights for the handicapped are asserted. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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Contacting the Office of Compliance All contacts are entirely classified Room LA 200, Adams Building Washington, D.C. 20540 202-724-9250 (voice) 202-426-1913 (fax) 202-426-1912 (TDD) www.compliance.gov Click to Advance

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Contacting the Office of Compliance www.compliance.gov

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This is just a short portrayal of the debate determination prepare. For finish data on the rights, methods, and cures built up by the CAA, allude to the Congressional Accountability Act (2 U.S.C. 1301 et seq.) and the Office of Compliance Procedural Rules. This data does not constitute counsel or an official decision of the Office of Compliance or the Board of Directors and is expected for instructive purposes as it were. Snap to Advance www.compliance.gov

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