Tag: Human Resources

OPM Removes Prohibition on Sex Change Coverage Under FEHB

Filed in News by on June 16, 2014

OPM has removed the prohibition on federal employee health insurance for providing for sex change operations and “transition care” for someone who has undertaken this process.

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad – I Just Cost You Your Security Clearance

Filed in News by on June 11, 2014

Fathers who work for the federal government or for defense contractors make many sacrifices for their children. But sometimes their children can cost them their security clearance. The author explains why this is the case.

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What is the Special Retirement Supplement and Why Is it Important?

Filed in News by on May 11, 2014

The Special Retirement Supplement (SRS) is not paid by the Social Security Administration. It is paid by the Office of Personnel Management. This article provides a simplified example of how the SRS is calculated.

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Hatch Act Modifications Reflected in New OPM Rule

Filed in News by on May 5, 2014

The Hatch Act allows most federal employees to participate in some partisan political activity. The new rule issued by OPM reflects the less stringent penalties and loosening of Hatch Act restrictions on many feds.

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More Hatch Act Violations Cited by Special Counsel

Filed in News by on April 30, 2014

Political passion during an election cycle continues to embroil employees who put their federal careers at risk by engaging in prohibited political activity. Here are two new cases, involving both sides of the partisan political divide.

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Managing Leave and Attendance Problems

Filed in News by on March 23, 2014

Leave abuse and attendance problems can harm an organization. The author says that these problems mostly lie with management and offers some suggestions for how to deal with the problem. He also analyzes the history of some related MSPB cases for precedent on leave issues.

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Involving Employees in Work Related Decisions

Filed in News by on March 20, 2014

Knowledge workers are not interchangeable. Using their expertise to make decisions can create a more effective organization. The author offers suggestions for treating these employees as an asset.

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Fat Shaming Is Inappropriate in the Federal Workplace, Sometimes Harassment

Filed in News by on March 6, 2014

The author says it is becoming increasingly dangerous to criticize people’s weight. He says federal employees need to consider at what point it becomes unlawful harassment or retaliation when they encounter it in the workplace.

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