Ralph R. Smith

Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47

Reducing Official Time for Unions in EEO

By on December 12, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Reducing Official Time for Unions in EEO

A proposed rule change by the EEOC would restrict official time use by federal union representatives in the EEO complaint process.

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When Christmas is On Wednesday: Not Promising for Extra Holiday

By on December 3, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
When Christmas is On Wednesday: Not Promising for Extra Holiday

It is possible federal employees will be given an extra day off for Christmas this year but not likely based on past experience.

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One TSP Fund Up About 28% in 2019

By on December 2, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
One TSP Fund Up About 28% in 2019

November was a good month for stocks. One TSP fund is up 27.61% in 2019.

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Determining Minimum Wages For Federal Employees

By on December 2, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Determining Minimum Wages For Federal Employees

Some state or local governments have minimum wages that are higher than the federal government. OPM explains how to reconcile the differences.

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2020 Pay Raise Update: Still 2.6%?

By on November 23, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
2020 Pay Raise Update: Still 2.6%?

A new continuing resolution has passed preventing a government shutdown for a few weeks. What is the status of a 2020 pay raise?

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Squeezing Union Influence in Agencies

By on November 21, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Squeezing Union Influence in Agencies

OPM’s advice to agencies on controlling federal union time and expenses is now in effect. Here is an analysis.

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80% Disparity for Fed Benefits Says Report

By on November 15, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
80% Disparity for Fed Benefits Says Report

A report describing an 80% advantage in compensation for federal workers has received little notice. Here is a summary.

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277 Cases Awaiting General Counsel Confirmation

By on November 6, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
277 Cases Awaiting General Counsel Confirmation

Unfair labor practices are stalled without a General Counsel at the FLRA.

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Which TSP Fund Went Up 23% So Far in 2019?

By on November 1, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Which TSP Fund Went Up 23% So Far in 2019?

TSP investors will be pleased with their investment returns in October. One of the more popular funds is up more than 23% so far in 2019.

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OPM to Agencies: Track and Report Official Time Use

By on October 27, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
OPM to Agencies: Track and Report Official Time Use

OPM is requiring agencies to report on official time use by federal employee unions by January 31, 2020.

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