Tag: Human Resources

Details of Obama’s New Parental Leave Policy Announced

Filed in News by on January 15, 2015 Comments

The White House has released more details on President Obama’s plan for giving federal employees more paid parental leave.

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Basic Ethical Principles Rewarded? Not Even Close

Filed in News by on December 24, 2014 Comments

Senior level managers are performing their duties with the government in the “public trust” to ensure the taxpayers receive the best quality of service, free from fraud, waste and abuse. The author says there are three basic duties that go along with this responsibility and asks whether or not they are clearly defined in every agency’s core operating philosophies. His supposition? Not even close.

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Successfully Seeking a Federal Job or Promotion

Filed in News by on December 22, 2014 Comments

Agencies (and private sector employers too) are searching for the candidate that most closely matches the requirements for the jobs that they are filling. This means a generic résumé will not be as successful as one that is written specifically for a job announcement.

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The Mailbox Rule Revisited

Filed in News by on November 5, 2014 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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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