The OOC is pleased to release its FY 2014 Annual Report: State of the Congressional Workplace. In 2014, the OOC made tremendous gains - expanding its educational program for Legislative Branch staff, enhancing its risk-based safety and health inspections, and providing for fair and prompt resolution of employee claims of violation of the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA).
At the request of individual Congressional offices, OOC staff provided training on specific areas of the CAA. In 2014, to expand its reach, the OOC began development of an on-line training module that will be accessible to congressional offices throughout the country. The first on-line module, introduced by Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Congresswoman Susan Brooks, concerns preventing sexual harassment and discrimination. Upcoming on-line courses will include topics such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The OOC intends to develop additional modules on all areas of the CAA in the coming years.
During FY 2014 the General Counsel of the OOC investigated and resolved unfair labor practice claims, and worked with representatives from the Architect of the Capitol and the United States Capitol Police to resolve accessibility and safety matters. A full account of the GC’s accomplishments during FY 2014 will be available in the OOC’s Report on “Occupational Safety and Health Inspections Conducted During the 112th and 113th Congress,” which will be released the first week of August of this year.
As the Annual Report shows, FY 2014 was another busy and successful year for the OOC. We met challenges head on and have worked hard to create a timely and engaging training program. We continue to work to make the Capitol grounds a safe and accessible environment for staff and visitors alike, and look forward to providing quality services to the Congressional community. To read the full report and learn more about the services we provide, click here.