Tag: Human Resources

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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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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Using an IDP for Your Career Move

Filed in News by on September 24, 2014

Individual Development Plans are designed for use by managers and employees to identify developmental assignments and training to enhance an employee’s performance and potential for promotion. If used correctly, this can be an effective tool for your career advancement.

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Federal Employees Can Now Carry Over FSA Money

Filed in News by on September 7, 2014

A rule change recently announced by the Office of Personnel Management will allow federal workers to carry money on their flexible spending accounts into the next year.

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Pay for Performance – The Best Possible Solution?

Filed in News by on September 3, 2014

The author recounts his experiences as a former position classification specialist as they relate to the debate over a fair pay system to use within the federal government. He offers some suggestions for approaches to take on the debate over replacing the General Schedule pay system.

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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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The Mailbox Rule

Filed in News by on August 24, 2014

Historically, federal agencies have used what is known as the “mailbox rule.” This maxim provides that if a notice or letter is properly addressed and duly mailed, it is presumed to have arrived at the mailing address in due course. However, the author cites cases which illustrate that this does not always work out as an agency would expect.

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MSPB Report Explains Veterans’ Hiring Laws

Filed in News by on August 20, 2014

A new report issued by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) discusses Federal laws and regulations regarding the preferences in hiring that Federal agencies can or must give to veterans and certain family members.

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