Office of Congressional Workplace Rights

Office of Congressional Workplace Rights Advancing safety, health, and workplace rights in the legislative branch. The OCWR is an independent, non-partisan office that serves the 30,000 employees of the legislative branch.

Our mission is to administer and ensure the integrity of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act through its programs of dispute resolution, education, and enforcement.

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Covered legislative branch employees may report unsafe working conditions to the OCWR Office of the General Counsel for ...
04/20/2021

Covered legislative branch employees may report unsafe working conditions to the OCWR Office of the General Counsel for investigation and enforcement, including concerns about COVID-19. For more information, please visit the OCWR website at ocwr.gov. #report #complaint #unsafe #safetyfirst #workplace #investigation #enforcement #covid19 #pandemic #knowyourrights #employees #employer

Covered legislative branch employees may report unsafe working conditions to the OCWR Office of the General Counsel for investigation and enforcement, including concerns about COVID-19. For more information, please visit the OCWR website at ocwr.gov. #report #complaint #unsafe #safetyfirst #workplace #investigation #enforcement #covid19 #pandemic #knowyourrights #employees #employer

The OCWR has launched a new Ergonomic Outreach Program that provides guidance, self-evaluation materials, and informatio...
04/14/2021

The OCWR has launched a new Ergonomic Outreach Program that provides guidance, self-evaluation materials, and information to request an on-site evaluation of your workspace. Created by the OCWR's Occupational Safety and Health Specialists, this program assists legislative branch employing offices and individuals to develop, design, or update their own ergonomics programs. For more information please visit our website at (https://www.ocwr.gov/blog/ocwr-ergonomic-outreach-program). #ergonomics #outreach #office #safety #workplace #workfromhome #occupational #health #osh #employingoffice #employers #employees #legislativebranch

The OCWR has launched a new Ergonomic Outreach Program that provides guidance, self-evaluation materials, and information to request an on-site evaluation of your workspace. Created by the OCWR's Occupational Safety and Health Specialists, this program assists legislative branch employing offices and individuals to develop, design, or update their own ergonomics programs. For more information please visit our website at (https://www.ocwr.gov/blog/ocwr-ergonomic-outreach-program). #ergonomics #outreach #office #safety #workplace #workfromhome #occupational #health #osh #employingoffice #employers #employees #legislativebranch

The OCWR is looking for a new IT Specialist(Project Manager) to manage overall IT projects and provide technical assista...
04/13/2021

The OCWR is looking for a new IT Specialist(Project Manager) to manage overall IT projects and provide technical assistance to the organization and staff. Please see the complete vacancy announcement on USAJobs at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/597990400
#usajobs #jobsseekers #job #vacancy #federalgovernment #hiring #nowhiring #technology #itjobs #projectmanager #hr #informationtechnology #joinourteam

The OCWR is looking for a new IT Specialist(Project Manager) to manage overall IT projects and provide technical assistance to the organization and staff. Please see the complete vacancy announcement on USAJobs at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/597990400
#usajobs #jobsseekers #job #vacancy #federalgovernment #hiring #nowhiring #technology #itjobs #projectmanager #hr #informationtechnology #joinourteam

Legislative branch colleagues, please join the OCWR on Tuesday, April 13th at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom, for a special Brown Ba...
04/08/2021

Legislative branch colleagues, please join the OCWR on Tuesday, April 13th at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom, for a special Brown Bag entitled - Restorative Practices during Turbulent Times -- Managing the Stress of Traumatic Events and Persevering through the Pandemic. Mr. Jonathan Kirkendall, a licensed professional counselor, will be teaching us how to manage stress due to the ongoing pandemic and recent traumatic events. For invite details, please contact our office at (202) 724-9250. #brownbag #lunch #talk #pandemic #managingstress #covid_19 #traumatic #events

Legislative branch colleagues, please join the OCWR on Tuesday, April 13th at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom, for a special Brown Bag entitled - Restorative Practices during Turbulent Times -- Managing the Stress of Traumatic Events and Persevering through the Pandemic. Mr. Jonathan Kirkendall, a licensed professional counselor, will be teaching us how to manage stress due to the ongoing pandemic and recent traumatic events. For invite details, please contact our office at (202) 724-9250. #brownbag #lunch #talk #pandemic #managingstress #covid_19 #traumatic #events

OCWR OSH Specialists conduct inspections of legislative branch facilities to ensure safety and accessibility in complian...
04/06/2021

OCWR OSH Specialists conduct inspections of legislative branch facilities to ensure safety and accessibility in compliance with the Congressional Accountability Act. #occupational #safety #inspections #congress #legislativebranch #accessibility #workplace #rights

OCWR OSH Specialists conduct inspections of legislative branch facilities to ensure safety and accessibility in compliance with the Congressional Accountability Act. #occupational #safety #inspections #congress #legislativebranch #accessibility #workplace #rights

Questions about family medical history may implicate the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). To know more ...
04/02/2021

Questions about family medical history may implicate the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). To know more about your rights under GINA contact the OCWR at (202)724-9250. #family #history #genetic #information #workplace #rights #knowyourrights #employee #employers

Questions about family medical history may implicate the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). To know more about your rights under GINA contact the OCWR at (202)724-9250. #family #history #genetic #information #workplace #rights #knowyourrights #employee #employers

Whether you are working from home or in the office, spending time outdoors is a great stress reliever and may improve yo...
03/30/2021

Whether you are working from home or in the office, spending time outdoors is a great stress reliever and may improve your focus and productivity! #workfromhome #telework #office #spring #outdoors #stress #focus #productivity #weather

Whether you are working from home or in the office, spending time outdoors is a great stress reliever and may improve your focus and productivity! #workfromhome #telework #office #spring #outdoors #stress #focus #productivity #weather

Parties to a claim filed with the OCWR may agree to mediate the matter. Mediation is a confidential process that provide...
03/26/2021

Parties to a claim filed with the OCWR may agree to mediate the matter. Mediation is a confidential process that provides the parties the opportunity to meet with a trained neutral to discuss their concerns and arrive at a mutually agreeable resolution of the claim. #mediation #confidential #trained #neutral #mutual #agreement #settlement #resolution

Parties to a claim filed with the OCWR may agree to mediate the matter. Mediation is a confidential process that provides the parties the opportunity to meet with a trained neutral to discuss their concerns and arrive at a mutually agreeable resolution of the claim. #mediation #confidential #trained #neutral #mutual #agreement #settlement #resolution

When a claim is timely filed with the OCWR, the claimant may continue with the administrative process or timely file a c...
03/23/2021

When a claim is timely filed with the OCWR, the claimant may continue with the administrative process or timely file a civil action in federal district court, but may not do both. For more information on the claims process, please visit www.ocwr.gov
#claim #complaint #timely #administrative #court #civil #action #federal #district

When a claim is timely filed with the OCWR, the claimant may continue with the administrative process or timely file a civil action in federal district court, but may not do both. For more information on the claims process, please visit www.ocwr.gov
#claim #complaint #timely #administrative #court #civil #action #federal #district

Have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!
03/17/2021

Have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

When a covered employee files a claim with the OCWR alleging a violation of the Congressional Accountability Act, the ma...
03/12/2021

When a covered employee files a claim with the OCWR alleging a violation of the Congressional Accountability Act, the matter remains confidential unless the claimant elects to pursue the matter in federal court or the OCWR Board of Directors issues a decision on appeal. #employee #complaint #workplace #rights #violation #confidential #court #federal #appeal

When a covered employee files a claim with the OCWR alleging a violation of the Congressional Accountability Act, the matter remains confidential unless the claimant elects to pursue the matter in federal court or the OCWR Board of Directors issues a decision on appeal. #employee #complaint #workplace #rights #violation #confidential #court #federal #appeal

OCWR wishes you a very Happy International Women’s Day! #women #womensday #womensupportingwomen #womenshistorymonth
03/08/2021

OCWR wishes you a very Happy International Women’s Day! #women #womensday #womensupportingwomen #womenshistorymonth

OCWR wishes you a very Happy International Women’s Day! #women #womensday #womensupportingwomen #womenshistorymonth

The Notice of Congressional Workplace Rights poster is available to download on our website at https://www.ocwr.gov/site...
03/04/2021

The Notice of Congressional Workplace Rights poster is available to download on our website athttps://www.ocwr.gov/sites/default/files/YourRightsPoster.pdf #notice #congressional #workplace #rights #knowyourrights #legislative #branch

The Notice of Congressional Workplace Rights poster is available to download on our website athttps://www.ocwr.gov/sites/default/files/YourRightsPoster.pdf #notice #congressional #workplace #rights #knowyourrights #legislative #branch

All claims alleging a violation of the Congressional Accountability Act must be filed with the OCWR within 180 days of t...
03/02/2021

All claims alleging a violation of the Congressional Accountability Act must be filed with the OCWR within 180 days of the date of the alleged violation. #congressional #accountability #act #statute #timely #complaint #180 #days #violation #workplace #rights #employee #employer #knowyourrights

All claims alleging a violation of the Congressional Accountability Act must be filed with the OCWR within 180 days of the date of the alleged violation. #congressional #accountability #act #statute #timely #complaint #180 #days #violation #workplace #rights #employee #employer #knowyourrights

Section 102(b) of the Congressional Accountability Act requires the OCWR review federal laws and regulations concerning ...
02/26/2021

Section 102(b) of the Congressional Accountability Act requires the OCWR review federal laws and regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment, and report to Congress on whether or to what degree these provisions should apply to the legislative branch. See the 2020 report, Recommendations for Improvements to the Congressional Accountability Act, at https://www.ocwr.gov/regulations-reports/reports/section-102b-biennial-reports. #congressional #record #federal #laws #regulation #employment #report #biennial #congress #legislativebranch

Section 102(b) of the Congressional Accountability Act requires the OCWR review federal laws and regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment, and report to Congress on whether or to what degree these provisions should apply to the legislative branch. See the 2020 report, Recommendations for Improvements to the Congressional Accountability Act, at https://www.ocwr.gov/regulations-reports/reports/section-102b-biennial-reports. #congressional #record #federal #laws #regulation #employment #report #biennial #congress #legislativebranch

When an underlying health condition makes an employee more susceptible to COVID-19, the employee may be eligible for a r...
02/24/2021

When an underlying health condition makes an employee more susceptible to COVID-19, the employee may be eligible for a reasonable accommodation. For more information on the ADA as applied to legislative branch employees, contact our office. #covid19 #ada #medical #disability #reasonable #accomodation #health #employee #workplace #rights #knowyourrights #legislativebranch

When an underlying health condition makes an employee more susceptible to COVID-19, the employee may be eligible for a reasonable accommodation. For more information on the ADA as applied to legislative branch employees, contact our office. #covid19 #ada #medical #disability #reasonable #accomodation #health #employee #workplace #rights #knowyourrights #legislativebranch

Susan Tsui Grundmann, Executive Director of the OCWR, spoke with Federal News Network about how congressional staff memb...
02/19/2021

Susan Tsui Grundmann, Executive Director of the OCWR, spoke with Federal News Network about how congressional staff members have been faring with all the changes over the last year. The interview can be accessed at https://federalnewsnetwork.com/congress/2021/02/office-that-oversees-congressional-employee-rights-having-a-busier-new-year-than-normal #federalnewsnetwork #federal #news #congress #staff @federalnewsnet

Susan Tsui Grundmann, Executive Director of the OCWR, spoke with Federal News Network about how congressional staff members have been faring with all the changes over the last year. The interview can be accessed at https://federalnewsnetwork.com/congress/2021/02/office-that-oversees-congressional-employee-rights-having-a-busier-new-year-than-normal #federalnewsnetwork #federal #news #congress #staff @federalnewsnet

In addition to providing training modules on the popular subjects of Implicit Bias and the Congressional Accountability ...
02/16/2021

In addition to providing training modules on the popular subjects of Implicit Bias and the Congressional Accountability Act, the OCWR now offers training modules aimed at promoting civil, respectful, and productive work environments, with a special focus on the remote work environment. #implicit #bias #workplace #rights #civil #respectful #productive #remotework #workfromhome #training

In addition to providing training modules on the popular subjects of Implicit Bias and the Congressional Accountability Act, the OCWR now offers training modules aimed at promoting civil, respectful, and productive work environments, with a special focus on the remote work environment. #implicit #bias #workplace #rights #civil #respectful #productive #remotework #workfromhome #training

In observance of Presidents’ Day, the OCWR will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2021. The office will resume operation...
02/12/2021

In observance of Presidents’ Day, the OCWR will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2021. The office will resume operations on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:00 am E.T. Photo credit: National Archives #presidentsday #office #closure

In observance of Presidents’ Day, the OCWR will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2021. The office will resume operations on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:00 am E.T. Photo credit: National Archives #presidentsday #office #closure

Employees and employing offices that facilitate dialogue succeed in building stronger bonds and greater productivity. Tr...
02/09/2021

Employees and employing offices that facilitate dialogue succeed in building stronger bonds and greater productivity. Training plays an important role in doing so, and that is why—despite the pandemic—the OCWR has continued to successfully train covered legislative branch employees through virtual training sessions.
#employees #employers #dialogue #workplace #strongertogether #productivity #training #legislativebranch #virtual #workfromhome

Employees and employing offices that facilitate dialogue succeed in building stronger bonds and greater productivity. Training plays an important role in doing so, and that is why—despite the pandemic—the OCWR has continued to successfully train covered legislative branch employees through virtual training sessions.
#employees #employers #dialogue #workplace #strongertogether #productivity #training #legislativebranch #virtual #workfromhome

Stereotypes and implicit bias can divide a workforce and undermine morale, teamwork, and productivity. Offices can count...
02/04/2021

Stereotypes and implicit bias can divide a workforce and undermine morale, teamwork, and productivity. Offices can counteract these issues and identify strategies to promote workplace equality. Please contact the OCWR for more information on our workplace training modules. #stereotypes #bias #implicit #unconscious #divide #workforce #teamwork #productivity #training #module #employees #employers

Stereotypes and implicit bias can divide a workforce and undermine morale, teamwork, and productivity. Offices can counteract these issues and identify strategies to promote workplace equality. Please contact the OCWR for more information on our workplace training modules. #stereotypes #bias #implicit #unconscious #divide #workforce #teamwork #productivity #training #module #employees #employers

In the legislative branch, unlawful discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation is actionable under the Congressional...
02/01/2021

In the legislative branch, unlawful discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation is actionable under the Congressional Accountability Act. But not all inappropriate conduct is illegal conduct. The OCWR provides training that can help tackle sensitive issues related to workplace civility. Call the OCWR to set up training for your office today. #legislativebranch #unlawful #discrimination #harassment #retaliation #illegal #workplace #civility #training #employees #employers

In the legislative branch, unlawful discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation is actionable under the Congressional Accountability Act. But not all inappropriate conduct is illegal conduct. The OCWR provides training that can help tackle sensitive issues related to workplace civility. Call the OCWR to set up training for your office today. #legislativebranch #unlawful #discrimination #harassment #retaliation #illegal #workplace #civility #training #employees #employers

Working in low temperatures, wind, and wetness can present hazards. To prevent accidents, take preventative measures, in...
01/26/2021

Working in low temperatures, wind, and wetness can present hazards. To prevent accidents, take preventative measures, including environmental monitoring, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment. #cold #weather #snow #temperature #wind #hazard #accidents #prevention

Working in low temperatures, wind, and wetness can present hazards. To prevent accidents, take preventative measures, including environmental monitoring, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment. #cold #weather #snow #temperature #wind #hazard #accidents #prevention

Tomorrow, January 23, 2021, we will be celebrating 26 years of the Congressional Accountability Act, which established t...
01/22/2021

Tomorrow, January 23, 2021, we will be celebrating 26 years of the Congressional Accountability Act, which established the Office of Compliance, now known as the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights, and its important work advancing workplace rights and safety and accessibility laws in the legislative branch. #anniversary #congressional #act #statute #26 #years #workplace #rights #safety #accessibility #laws

Tomorrow, January 23, 2021, we will be celebrating 26 years of the Congressional Accountability Act, which established the Office of Compliance, now known as the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights, and its important work advancing workplace rights and safety and accessibility laws in the legislative branch. #anniversary #congressional #act #statute #26 #years #workplace #rights #safety #accessibility #laws

Please note the OCWR will be closed on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in observation of Inauguration Day and will resume op...
01/19/2021

Please note the OCWR will be closed on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in observation of Inauguration Day and will resume operations on Thursday, January 21 at 9:00 am (Eastern Time). #inauguration2021 #office #closure #inaugurationday

Please note the OCWR will be closed on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in observation of Inauguration Day and will resume operations on Thursday, January 21 at 9:00 am (Eastern Time). #inauguration2021 #office #closure #inaugurationday

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The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (CAA) protects over 30,000 employees of the legislative branch nationwide and established the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights (formerly Office of Compliance) to administer and ensure the integrity of the Act through its programs of dispute resolution, education, and enforcement. The CAA Reform Act of 2018 changed our name from Office of Compliance to Office of Congressional Workplace Rights, and also changed our Administrative Dispute Resolution process, among certain other provisions. But our mission remains the same. The Office of Congressional Workplace Rights assists members of Congress, employing offices and employees, and visiting public in understanding their rights and responsibilities under the workplace and accessibility laws applied to the legislative branch by the CAA. The Office advises Congress on needed changes and amendments to the CAA; and the General Counsel has independent investigatory and enforcement authority for certain violations of the CAA.

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