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

Calculating the 2020 COLA

By on August 14, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Calculating the 2020 COLA

We do not yet know the COLA amount for 2020 but the latest data available is now in.

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1st Amendment and Union Dues

By on August 13, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
1st Amendment and Union Dues

Do union dues withholding practices in the federal government violate the 1st Amendment?

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Moving USDA Employees to Kansas City Becoming a Reality

By on August 12, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Moving USDA Employees to Kansas City Becoming a Reality

USDA and AFGE have reached an agreement on relocating federal employees from Washington, DC to Kansas City.

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Agencies With Highest & Lowest Average Salary

By on August 6, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Agencies With Highest & Lowest Average Salary

Which federal agencies have the highest and lowest average salaries?

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Two TSP Funds Up More than 20% in 2019

By on August 1, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Two TSP Funds Up More than 20% in 2019

2019 has been a good year for the TSP funds. One of the better performers may surprise you.

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Another Proposal to Restrict Official Time by Unions

By on July 31, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Another Proposal to Restrict Official Time by Unions

A new bill in the House would eliminate use of official time by federal employee unions.

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Pay Raise, a COLA and Locality Pay

By on July 25, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Pay Raise, a COLA and Locality Pay

What are the differences in a COLA, pay raise and locality pay? Who is impacted by each of these?

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DOJ Asks for Immediate Enforcement of LR Executive Orders

By on July 24, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
DOJ Asks for Immediate Enforcement of LR Executive Orders

DOJ has requested that the Court of Appeals allow immediate enforcement of Executive Orders on labor relations.

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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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