Tag: Employee Relations

Supporting Our Patriots in the Federal Workforce

Filed in News by on October 11, 2014

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) says federal employees haven’t received fair pay increases in years and more must be done to support them.

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About Those 2015 Health Insurance Premium Rates

Filed in News by on October 8, 2014

The average cost of health insurance premiums for 2015 is going up 3.2% according to OPM. How does this compare to the private sector?

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Settlements Drive Spike in Monetary Benefit Awards from EEO Complaints

Filed in News by on September 22, 2014

Even though the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found discrimination in a below-average number of federal sector cases in fiscal year 2012, agencies ended up paying more to resolve employees’ formal and informal discrimination complaints in that year than in any other year in at least the past decade.

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OPM Needs to Modernize GS System

Filed in News by on September 2, 2014

The Government Accountability Office said in a new report that the Office of Personnel Management needs to work on ways to modernize the General Schedule system.

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What Can’t The Federal Government Do To Its Employees?

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on August 28, 2014

Prohibited personnel practices outline what federal managers may not do when it comes to their employees. The author highlights 13 specific examples of these prohibited actions federal employees should be aware of.

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Expanding FEHB Coverage: What Will it Cost Agencies and Is it Legal?

Filed in News by on July 29, 2014

OPM has issued a proposed rule to expand coverage of the FEHB to temporary and seasonal employees employed an average of at least 30 hours a week over a twelve-month period. The proposal appears to be in conflict with legislation on the same topic.

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IRS Employees Suspended for Pro-Obama Activities

Filed in News by on July 10, 2014

The IRS appears to have had numerous problems with employees campaigning for Barack Obama during the last presidential election–and most of the cases are below the public’s radar.

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The Fox Sometimes Guards The Henhouse of Federal Employee Rights

Filed in News by on June 27, 2014

Though on paper Uncle Sam aspires to be a model boss, the reality of the federal workplace can differ sharply from the federal government’s more utopian ideals.

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