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H.R. 858 (eh) To amend title 11, District of Columbia Code, to extend coverage under the whistleblower protection provisions of the District of Columbia Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 to personnel of the courts of the District of Columbia. [Eng...
In the Senate of the United States,
October 8, 1999.
Resolved, That the bill from the House of Representatives (H.R.
858) entitled ``An Act to amend title 11, District of Columbia Code, to
extend coverage under the whistleblower protection provisions of the
District of Columbia Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 to
personnel of the courts of the District of Columbia.'', do pass with
Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert:
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``District of Columbia Court Employees
Act of 1999''.
SEC. 2. COMMUNICATIONS WITH CONGRESS BY DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURTS
(a) In General.--Subchapter II of chapter 17 of title 11, District
of Columbia Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new
``Sec. 11-1733. Court personnel communications with Congress
``(a) In this section, the term--
``(1) `Congress' means the United States Congress and
includes any member, employee, or agent of Congress; and
``(2) `District of Columbia court' means the Superior Court
of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court
``(b) Nonjudicial employees of the District of Columbia court shall
be treated as employees of the Federal Government solely for purposes
of section 7211 of title 5, United States Code (relating to employees'
right to petition Congress).
``(c)(1) An employee or former employee may file a civil action in
the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for
relief of a violation of subsection (b), if--
``(A) the employee or former employee reasonably believes
that such a violation occurred;
``(B) the employee or former employee files a grievance
relating to such violation with the Joint Committee on Judicial
Administration of the District of Columbia not later than 270
days after the violation occurred;
``(C) the Joint Committee--
``(i) makes a final decision; or
``(ii) makes no decision within 60 days after the
filing of the grievance; and
``(D) the employee or former employee files such civil
action not later than 1 year after the date of the violation.
``(2) Relief in an action filed under paragraph (1) may include--
``(A) an injunction to restrain continued violation of this
``(B) rescission of a retaliatory action;
``(C) the reinstatement of the employee or former employee
to the same position held before the retaliatory action, or to
an equivalent position;
``(D) the reinstatement of the employee's or former
employee's full fringe benefits and seniority rights;
``(E) compensation for lost wages and benefits; and
``(F) the payment by the District of Columbia court of the
employee's or former employee's reasonable costs and attorney
fees, if the employee or former employee is the prevailing
``(d) The filing of a civil action in accordance with this section
shall constitute the employee's or former employee's exclusive remedy
under the laws of the United States or the District of Columbia for
violation of this section.
``(e) The District of Columbia court shall conspicuously display
notices of an employee's protections and obligations under this
section, and shall use other appropriate means to keep all employees
informed of such protections and obligations.''.
(b) Technical and Conforming Amendment.--The table of sections for
subchapter II of chapter 17 of title 11, District of Columbia Code, is
amended by adding at the end the following new item:
``11-1733. Court personnel communications with Congress.''.
SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.
The amendments made by section 2 shall take effect as if included
in the enactment of title XI of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.
Amend the title so as to read: ``An Act to amend chapter 17
of title 11, District of Columbia Code, to provide for
personnel protection for District of Columbia court
H. R. 858
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