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Teach What You Know and Create a Thriving Side Hustle

Filed in News by on November 14, 2014

The author describes some ways you can leverage your skills and what you already know to start a side business teaching others.

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Divorce and Federal Employee Retirement Benefits

Filed in News by on November 12, 2014

The rules governing retirement benefits for divorced federal employees and their former spouses are detailed and complex. The author provides some general advice for federal employees and their spouses in the event they are facing a divorce.

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FedSmith.com Users Expecting an Extra Day Off at Christmas This Year

Filed in News by on November 11, 2014

FedSmith.com users said in a recent survey that they think the president will ultimately give federal employees an extra day off at Christmas.

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Power Shift in Congress: What Does This Mean for Federal Employees?

Filed in News by on November 8, 2014

As a result of the Republican wave of victories in the mid-term elections, Congress will now be under the control of Republicans. What subjects of interest to federal employees are likely to arise as a result? Here are a few that are likely to impact the federal workforce.

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3 Reasons You Should Start That Thing You’re Putting Off (You Know the One) Right Now

Filed in News by on November 7, 2014

We all wish we had already done something great. But few of us are willing to first take on the work and risk of actually doing it. Here’s why you should.

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Phased Retirement : Will It Be a Reality in Your Agency?

Filed in News by on November 6, 2014

In theory, federal employees who are eligible can start applying for phased retirement on November 6. Some federal agencies are not yet implementing the program and they also have discretion not to implement the program at all.

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The Mailbox Rule Revisited

Filed in News by on November 5, 2014

The author cites a recent court decision in which the court ruled that email is not a viable means of certifying that an employee received a notice of FMLA certification. He says this sets a troubling precedent and describes the problems he believes the case will present for federal managers.

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Retirement Claims Inventory Rises in October

Filed in News by on November 5, 2014

OPM received more retirement claims in October than it did in September which pushed the backlog of outstanding claims higher.

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