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

Supreme Court Decision, Union Dues and Federal Employees

By on July 19, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Decision, Union Dues and Federal Employees

The FLRA is soliciting comments on an issue involving revocation of union dues for federal employees.

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Court Issues Delay on Lifting Injunction of EO’s

By on July 17, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Court Issues Delay on Lifting Injunction of EO’s

The Court of Appeals for DC has issued an accompanying order delaying lifting a lower court injunction of Executive Orders.

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Salary Council Recommends New Locality Pay Areas

By on July 12, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Salary Council Recommends New Locality Pay Areas

The Federal Salary Council recommends new locality pay areas, but not all Council members agree on measuring pay disparity.

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When Might We See Imperial County Get Locality Pay?

By on July 11, 2019 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
When Might We See Imperial County Get Locality Pay?

What are the chances of Imperial County being added as a new pay locality next year?

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$25,000 Error: Carefully Fill Out TSP Withdrawal Forms

By on July 9, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
$25,000 Error: Carefully Fill Out TSP Withdrawal Forms

Checking the wrong box on a TSP form led to withholding $25,000 in taxes and a financial hardship for a retired federal employee.

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Finding A Federal Employee’s Salary

By on July 7, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Finding A Federal Employee’s Salary

The database of individual federal employee salaries has recently been updated with the latest available data. Here are tips on using this database.

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Best June Since 1938: TSP Stock Funds Surge

By on July 1, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Best June Since 1938: TSP Stock Funds Surge

Which TSP fund has returned 18.53% so far in 2019? Which one has returned 19.48% in 2019?

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FLRA/FMCS Pilot Program to Speed Up Labor Negotiations

By on June 28, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
FLRA/FMCS Pilot Program to Speed Up Labor Negotiations

An agreement between FLRA and FMCS is an attempt to speed up federal labor negotiations by focusing on negotiability appeals.

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Changes Coming to TSP Funds

By on June 27, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Changes Coming to TSP Funds

The structure of TSP funds is changing in 2020. Here is a summary.

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Case Decided in Under 20 Years?

By on June 24, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Case Decided in Under 20 Years?

A federal labor relations case can take months, years or decades. Here is an example.

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