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Night Pay For FWS Employees

Filed in News by on October 21, 2014

The author looks at Federal Wage System rules for deciding what qualifies as night work, how much night pay will be, and any conditions that may impact receipt of night pay for a WG, WL or WS employee assigned to a shift that includes night hours.

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Grassley Expresses Alarm at Thousands of Federal Workers on Paid Leave for Months

Filed in News by on October 21, 2014

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa expressed concern this week at the findings of a new report, issued at his request, documenting that tens of thousands of federal employees were on paid leave for at least one month and several hundred employees for nine months to three years, over a recent three-year period.

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Politics and Locality Pay

Filed in News by on October 20, 2014

No action has been taken on a recommendation to approve new locality pay areas in 2015.

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2015 COLA for Social Security, Federal Retirees to be Announced This Week

Filed in News by on October 19, 2014

What will the COLA be in 2015? Here is a quick summary. The percentage will be less than the increase of the average FEHB increase next year.

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Preparing for Phased Retirement?

Filed in News by on October 16, 2014

As the phased retirement program is about to become a reality for federal employees, OPM has issued draft documents outlining procedures under the program.

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OPM Issues Guidance on President’s Long Term Unemployment Initiative

Filed in News by on October 16, 2014

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently issued guidance to Federal agencies to assist in the implementation of the President’s three-part call to action plan to address barriers to employment for the long term unemployed.

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Are You Leaking Happy… Or Something Else?

Filed in News by on October 15, 2014

Everyone has those times in their life where they’re just not happy. And when this unhappiness is caused by being in the wrong job, with the wrong people, doing the wrong thing, it can cause you to exude negativity onto everyone in your life.

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$157,196,468 Spent on Union Salaries in FY 2012

Filed in News by on October 14, 2014

OPM reports that $157,196,468 was spent on official time expenses for unions in fiscal year 2012. What role do politics and the influence of unions in the administration play in this report and the reported numbers?

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