Tag: Human Resources

Would the Administrative Leave Act of 2016 Fix the Administrative Leave Mess?

Filed in News by on February 1, 2016 Comments

The author discusses the recently proposed Administrative Leave Act of 2016 and what it potentially means for federal employees. He says the legislation is a solid proposal that could help fix a challenging situation facing HR managers within the federal community.

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Will This Experimental Personnel System Impact Your Future Pay?

Filed in News by on January 26, 2016 Comments

There is widespread criticism of the federal pay system(s). The problem is no one has come up with a better model acceptable to many critics. Will this latest effort succeed? Here is a description of a new demonstration project on federal pay.

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Court Finds Jurisdiction, But Denies Veteran’s Preference Claims in Dean v. Department of Labor

Filed in News by on December 20, 2015 Comments

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that a veteran did not have his veterans’ preference rights violated by the Department of Labor when he applied, but was not considered for, a position as a Recent Graduate Wage and Hour Specialist pursuant to the President’s Pathways Program.

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How To Get Rid of a Problem Employee… FOR GOOD

Filed in News by on December 16, 2015 Comments

The biggest challenge government supervisors face seems to be dealing with problem employees. The author provides some suggestions for dealing with these types of employees, and more specifically, ones that don’t involve firing them.

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Is It Probation If No One Gets Fired?

Filed in News by on December 10, 2015 Comments

The common argument in the realm of human resources in the federal government is that it is close to impossible to fire a federal employee, so few federal managers go to the effort to do it. The author says that he doesn’t believe that wholesale firings would be a good solution to the government’s personnel problems, but he does say that more needs to be done to hold non-performing federal employees accountable.

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Is Half a Workforce Strategy Better Than None?

Filed in News by on November 22, 2015 Comments

Federal agencies are under pressure to create workforce strategies. The author writes one problem with them is that most workforce plans address only the federal employee side of the mix. He describes the components of an ideal plan.

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Great HR Service? Don’t Make Me Laugh

Filed in News by on November 3, 2015 Comments

The author asks the questions, “If HR is so important and HR Specialists are a mission critical occupation, why is it so rare to find someone who says they are happy with their HR support? Is there anything agencies can do to fix the problem?”

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The Incompetent Fed: A Dozen Thoughts

Filed in News by on October 18, 2015 Comments

The author discusses some of his thoughts concerning performance improvement plans. As he states in the article, “While I wish for a Federal workforce in which every employee occupies a job they are capable of performing, the thoughts that follow concern those unfortunate cases where a Fed is occupying the wrong job.”

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