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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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Wild Ride for Stocks in October

Filed in News by on November 4, 2014

Stocks went on a wild ride in October. The final result: The C fund is up 2.45%.

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Is Your Health Plan Dropping Out of the FEHB?

Filed in News by on November 3, 2014

Will your existing insurance carrier be around in 2015? Are new plans available to you? Here is a listing of new plans and those that have dropped out of the federal program.

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60,000 Veterans Get Triple Benefits Totaling $3.5 Billion Says GAO

Filed in News by on November 3, 2014

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, notes that over 59,000 military veterans were “triple dippers” last year. These individuals received benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, military retirement pay and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

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Clear the Table!

Filed in News by on November 2, 2014

The author discusses the “table of penalties” often used by HR departments in agencies and explains why he believes it is no longer needed.

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FedSmith.com Users Lack Faith in Social Security

Filed in News by on October 30, 2014

FedSmith.com users said in a recent poll that they do not have confidence that Social Security will be able to pay benefits to them when they reach retirement.

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Official Time and the Implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement – A Micro Perspective

Filed in News by on October 29, 2014

The author says that much has been written about the number of hours of official time used by the government, but from the perspective of Congress, OPM and others. She instead suggests looking at the subject from the perspective of federal employees in the workplace.

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