Federal Manager's Daily Report

In the latest of adaptations to operating procedures caused by the pandemic, the FLRA has said it will temporarily allow representational hearings to be conducted by videoconference.

The office of general counsel “is taking this extraordinary step to ensure, during the COVID-19 pandemic, that critical representational work continues,” an announcement said, and will continue so long as federal employees continue to be subject to social distancing requirements.


“All procedural and substantive rights apply to videoconference hearings, as to hearings conducted in-person, subject only to the limitations of the physical arrangement,” it said.

Regional directors retain discretion to determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether a case would not be appropriate for hearing by videoconference, it added.

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