Heidi Burakiewicz

  • In today's Federal Newscast, a group of nearly 40 senators are urging the appropriations committee to include back pay for federal contractors impacted by the last government shutdown, in an upcoming disaster relief package.

    March 11, 2019
  • Before the reopening of the government Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Heidi Burakiewicz, partner at Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, who represents many Bureau of Prison employees.

    February 01, 2019
  • In today's Federal Newscast, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates there were about $2.3 billion in government contracts that would have been issued to small firms over the past month, but weren't because of the government shutdown.

    January 25, 2019
  • If the lawsuits over the 2018-2019 shutdown go the way of the last one, the money for damages should come faster than in 2013.

    January 24, 2019
  • A federal district judge refused to compel the executive branch to find an immediate end to the government shutdown's impacts on excepted federal employees working without pay. The judge's decision maintains the status quo. Other lawsuits challenging the shutdown's legitimacy are still pending.

    January 15, 2019
  • The National Treasury Employees Union said excepted federal employees who have been working without pay during the partial government shutdown should be paid full wages, including overtime, and other damages.

    January 08, 2019
  • Excepted employees who filed suit in 2013 shutdown say pay problems can be avoided with simple legislation from Congress

    January 23, 2018
  • A federal employment attorney says it's outrageous the government is treating its federal workforce like this.

    April 26, 2017
  • The letters sent to those affected by the Office of Personnel Management cyber breach contain a certain sentence that attempts to indemnify the government from any liability surrounding the breach. But that sentence alone may not protect the government from someone who wants to sue it for damages. Federal employment attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri and Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with an insider\'s look at how the 1974 Privacy Act could cover recent cyber attacks and let lawsuits fly.

    June 18, 2015
  • Stop us if you've heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week's Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

    February 26, 2015
  • In the famous folk song, railroad worker Big Jim Goff is blown a mile into the air by a premature explosion. Come the next payday, he's a dollar short. The mean foreman informs him, he was docked for the time he was up in the sky. That scenario is not so far-fetched. The same issues come up in modern workplaces, federal and private sector. Employment attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner with Mehri and Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss two cases — one in the federal sector and one in the private.

    December 18, 2014
  • Hundreds of thousands of federal employees deemed essential during the 2013 government shutdown will be receiving a legal notice if they are entitled to join a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the government. To win a settlement, the employee must join the class action suit. Heidi Burkiewicz is a partner with Mehri & Skalet, the law firm handling this case. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the lawsuit and what it means if you are classified as essential.

    December 04, 2014