Labor Department Begins Monitoring Federal Employees’ Opioid Use

By on June 27, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Labor Department Begins Monitoring Federal Employees’ Opioid Use

The Labor Department has announced it will begin monitoring opioid prescription usage under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act.

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Can Congress Legislate Morale Improvements?

By on June 27, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Can Congress Legislate Morale Improvements?

Legislation intended to improve morale at DHS is advancing in Congress. How likely is it that the bill can truly have a positive impact on employee welfare?

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Follow the Rules Act Broadens Whistleblower Protections

By on June 27, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Follow the Rules Act Broadens Whistleblower Protections

The Follow the Rules Act is a new law that may provide extra protections to federal employees who become whistleblowers. This is a summary of the new law.

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Congressmen Press OPM for Answers About FLTCIP Premium Increases

By on June 26, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Congressmen Press OPM for Answers About FLTCIP Premium Increases

Two Congressmen are asking OPM for details on what the agency plans to do to curtail future premium increases for FLTCIP enrollees.

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Supreme Court Decides Federal Employee ‘Mixed Case’ Court Jurisdiction Issue

By on June 26, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Decides Federal Employee ‘Mixed Case’ Court Jurisdiction Issue

Confronted with the question which court (Federal Circuit Court of Appeals or the U.S. District Court) is the proper forum for challenging a MSPB decision dismissing a federal employee’s appeal for lack of jurisdiction in a so-called “mixed case,” the U.S. Supreme Court has stepped in and settled the matter.

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Union Dues, Retirement and Foreign Service

By on June 26, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Union Dues, Retirement and Foreign Service

Should withholding union dues continue after a Foreign Service employee retires? In the first policy guidance decision from FSLRB, the answer is “no”.

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What Can Federal Employees Do to Prepare for Proposed Retirement Cuts?

By on June 25, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
What Can Federal Employees Do to Prepare for Proposed Retirement Cuts?

Efforts to reduce pension and salary benefits have led to more uncertainty for federal employees. What can federal employees do to be prepared?

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Where is the Federal Workforce, and Why Does That Matter?

By on June 25, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Where is the Federal Workforce, and Why Does That Matter?

Federal employees are located in every state. The author says this can be a benefit to help stave off potential layoffs within the federal workforce.

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Trump Signs VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act Into Law

By on June 23, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Trump Signs VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act Into Law

The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act has been signed into law by President Trump. Here is a recap of the provisions of the new law.

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NARFE Response to ‘NARFE Embroiled in Political Controversy’

By on June 23, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments

NARFE has issued a statement in response to an article written by FedSmith.com author Michael Wald about a proposal to allow its National President to seek a third term.

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