Tag: Human Resources

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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Family Medical Leave Act: Update on Intermittent Leave

Filed in News by on February 25, 2014

Managing leave and attendance problems has always been challenging for supervisors, and with reductions in federal spending, the author says they are being challenged now more than ever. He outlines some basic principles managers should know when addressing leave and attendance issues.

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Replacing The General Schedule: Some Facts

Filed in News by on February 17, 2014

The author says there are a number of good reasons to reform the General Schedule pay system. He offers some detail on why he believes this to be so.

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Enjoy Washington’s Birthday and a Day Off (With Pay)

Filed in News by on February 16, 2014

Federal employees did not always get paid on a federal holiday. And, at first, only those employees who worked in Washington, DC got paid on federal holidays.

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Should We Replace the General Schedule?

Filed in News by on February 12, 2014

More than 1.4 million employees are covered by the General Schedule. Another 30K are covered by pay plans that tie their pay directly to GS rates. Should the GS system be replaced?

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