Public Employees: Technology, Social Media, and the First Amendment
October 5, 2021 1:00-2:00pm Eastern
The government increasingly relies on technology and social media to facilitate both the rapid sharing of information and the public’s interaction with agency staff and decision makers. But the widespread use of these communications platforms has created difficult challenges for government agencies. This webinar will explore: statutes concerning the security of government information, authorized-use policies, and First Amendment implications of speech-related regulations. This program is part of a webinar series on public employment issues. Upcoming webinar topics include: Garrity and Kalkines warnings, government whistleblowers, and due process rights of public employees upon termination. After the CLE portion of the program, there will be a brief, informal, non-CLE discussion session with the panelist on zoom.Don't miss this program - Register Today!
Understanding Garrity and Kalkines Warnings in Government Investigations
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern
Due to self-incrimination issues that may arise in the context of internal investigations, the federal government is generally required to provide Garrity or Kalkines warnings prior to questioning an employee. But what do these warnings mean and what is the difference between them? Experienced practitioners will discuss: the purpose of the warnings; Garrity v. New Jersey 385 U.S.493 (1967) and Kalkines v. United States 473 F.2d 1391 (Fed. Cir. 1973) the case law that established the warnings; and a government employee’s options in the face of investigatory questions. This program is part of a webinar series on public employment issues. Upcoming webinar topics include government whistleblowers and due process rights of public employees upon termination. After the CLE portion of the program, there will be a brief, informal, non-CLE discussion session with the panelists on zoom.Register - Now!
Military Working Dogs
Kudos to Division members Jill Mariani and Frances Arricale who recently won the International Animal Law Committee’s 2020 Outstanding Policy Award for their invaluable work on ABA policy related to Military Working Dogs. Resolution 104B was passed by the ABA House of Delegates during the 2020 Midyear Meeting.Read Resolution 104B - Click Here!
How to Manage Remote Employees in the Pandemic Era
Tips for Managers
COMMUNICATION – Establish regularly scheduled check-ins and team meetings to ensure effective communication and camaraderie. When everyone is working remotely, it's more important than ever to establish a sense of normalcy by ensuring on-going communication among staff. INVOLVEMENT – Spend a few minutes before each meeting or check-in catching up with your remote employees. Ask a few questions about how they're holding up. It's important to put a more effort into your interpersonal connections when everyone is working remotely. APPRECIATION – Be generous with your praise. When a face-to-face thank you is not possible, it's even more important to remember to praise employees. If they've done a good job, tell them that you are grateful for their work. It may seem obvious, but a lot of supervisors forget the importance of showing gratitude to their employees.
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Virginia Solicitor General: Government Lawyers' Work is Critically Important
The work of government lawyers is “critically important to the balance of the rule of law,” Virginia Solicitor General Toby Heytens said during his speech at the American Bar Association Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division’s Legal Skills Conference held Oct. 18 at the Omni Richmond (Va.) Hotel.Read - Article
Government Lawyers Volunteer in Richmond, Virginia
Would you like a cup of coffee?
This simple question was the basis of the ABA’ s Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division’s (GPSLD) recent volunteer project at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, on October 17. Hospital visitors were thankful for the simple gesture. But it was the government lawyer volunteers who were appreciative. The volunteers were grateful that they could bring a smile to the face of those who served our country. Several people approached the group and relayed moving stories of how they had been assisted by public lawyers. Government lawyer volunteers distributed information about lawyer referral services and pro bono assistance to those who asked for legal help. Thank you to former GPSLD council member Kristine Kassekert, who organized the project! Photo Caption L-R: Katherine Mikkelson and Bernadette Peele
GPSLD podcasts explore a variety of topics of interest to government lawyers or those seeking a public sector legal career. One podcast, "Compelling Conversations with Colleagues" is a series of interviews with a wide variety of public lawyers that examines how they obtained their position, their work duties and their career highlights.Learn - More
Good Dogs and the Law: Service, Emotional Support, Therapy and Facility Animals
Laws pertaining to service animals, emotional support or comfort animals, therapy animals, and facility dogs are confusing. This webinar examines: Section 35.136 of the Americans with Disabilities Act which covers service animals, Reasonable accommodations as it pertains to housing and air travel under the Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access Act for emotional support/comfort animals, How therapy animals differ from the above categories with generally no special rights of access, How facility dogs are used by prosecutor’s offices, Children’s Advocacy Centers, law enforcement, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs and family courts including best practices when setting up a facility dog program.Access the - on-demand webinar
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