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

Shutdown Officially Over, For Now

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Shutdown Officially Over, For Now

The shutdown is officially over, for now. When will federal employees get paid?

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Short-Term Agreement Reached to Re-Open Government

By on January 25, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

A short-term agreement will re-open the government until February 15th. Back pay will occur quickly for federal employees according to President Trump.

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Unions, Tax Returns and the Shutdown

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Unions, Tax Returns and the Shutdown

The IRS is recalling additional employees back to work to process tax returns. The union agreement may provide a basis for not returning to work until the shutdown ends.

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Average Federal Employee Pay and the Shutdown

By on January 23, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

PayPal is offering an interest-free cash advance to federal employees of $500. The announcement is based on a false assumption about federal pay.

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Shutdown, No Pay and Ethics for Federal Employees

By on January 22, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Shutdown, No Pay and Ethics for Federal Employees

The partial government shutdown continues. What are feds doing to cope with the disruption? Is crowdfunding consistent with federal ethics rules?

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No More Union at the FLRA

By on January 16, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
No More Union at the FLRA

The FLRA Chairman has eliminated recognition of a union of agency employees based on requirements of the Civil Service Reform Act.

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Use-or-Lose Leave and the Partial Shutdown

By on January 10, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Use-or-Lose Leave and the Partial Shutdown

What will happen to “use-or-lose” leave that was lost due to the government shutdown? For most, it will be restored.

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Build a Wall? What Do Federal Employees Want?

By on January 9, 2019 in Leadership with 0 Comments
Build a Wall? What Do Federal Employees Want?

What do federal employees think of the shutdown and building a border wall? Here are the results from our survey on the subject.

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What Are You Doing During the Shutdown?

By on January 9, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments
What Are You Doing During the Shutdown?

Are you a furloughed federal employee? If so, what are you doing during the shutdown? Tell us your story.

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The Holman Rule and Federal Employees

By on January 4, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments
The Holman Rule and Federal Employees

The “Holman Rule” was dropped in new House rules adopted for the 116th Congress which could make some federal employees sleep easier at night.

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