Fed Life — What the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act means for feds

Starting June 27, government and private sector employees will be able to request reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions. That’s thanks to a new law, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. All employers have new requirements, but federal employees may face a unique approach to how agencies implement the law. Our Drew Friedman got details from Sharyn Tejani, associate legal counsel in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Office of Legal Counsel. And Denesha James, attorney advisor in EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations.

Plus, by law, the government must invest its pension funds in Treasury bonds. Safe but low-return. It’s not really a problem for federal employees. Your annuity is guaranteed. But it does create a long-term unfunded liability for the government. For how this affects just the Postal Service, which is part of the system, I spoke with a research specialist in the USPS office of inspector general, Joy Sanzone.