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Trial Attorney Office of the Solicitor Of Labor


  1. Incumbent is responsible for working on cases, under the direction of and often with assistance from more senior attorneys and supervisors, to address legal concerns and issues relating to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act, the Walsh- Healey Public Contracts Act, the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, Executive Order 11246 and other statutes administered or enforced by the Department. Incumbent also works with more senior attorneys and supervisors in handling internal labor and employment-related litigation involving Department of Labor employees within the Region, including appeals of personnel actions to the Merit Systems Protection Board, claims of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and cases arising under Executive Order 11491 dealing with Federal union management activities.
  2. At the direction of the Regional Solicitor, Associate Regional Solicitor, Deputy Regional Solicitor, or program counsel, Incumbent advises, counsels, and works with the various Regional Department of Labor agencies in representing the Secretary of Labor. Incumbent is assigned legal cases arising within the Region, sometimes involving complex and difficult factual, procedural, substantive, and administrative issues that potentially have an effect on positions taken by the agency heads on programmatic enforcement both regionally and nationally, and can have an impact on one or more particular industries. The cases sometimes involve extensive research, analysis, and can require the use of expert testimony. The cases also can involve large sums of money, multi- establishment employers with large numbers of employees, important enforcement policies, and novel issues. May present oral argument in court or at administrative hearings.
  3. Incumbent reviews assigned cases to determine whether to recommend litigation. Prepares legal analyses and litigation recommendations for the Regional Solicitor or other supervising attorney, evaluating cases in terms of the factual evidence, the legal and procedural issues involved, and other considerations that bear on the propriety of litigation. If the Regional Solicitor authorizes litigation, Incumbent is expected to handle the case with some supervision and instruction. May also be assigned to work on cases involving delicate matters in which the government has assumed a heavy burden of proof and/or cases where there has been media attention or interest from members of Congress. Many of the cases are vigorously opposed by senior legal counsel employed by labor law sections of national law firms or otherwise highly qualified and very experienced litigation counsel. May be assigned to work on a team and may be given responsibility for overseeing certain tasks for the team.
  4. The duties above are at the full performance level (GS 14).  If selected at the lower level (GS 12 and GS 13), selectee will perform similar duties with varying levels of supervision.
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