Tag: Human Resources

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

Filed in News by on May 11, 2014 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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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