Human Resources

When is a Law Not a Law?

By on January 17, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
When is a Law Not a Law?

The author asks when or if it is acceptable to work around federal HR law for convenience because the penalty for violation is excessive.

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0.6% Decrease in Federal Employment in 2017

By on January 17, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
0.6% Decrease in Federal Employment in 2017

How have federal employment numbers fared under the first year of the Trump administration? Recent BLS data show a small net decline as of the end of 2017.

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Happy Birthday to the Civil Service

By on January 17, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Happy Birthday to the Civil Service

This year marks the 135th anniversary of the Civil Service Commission. What are some of the current problems facing the civil service?

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Happy Anniversary to Federal Civil Servants

By on January 16, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Happy Anniversary to Federal Civil Servants

On January 16, 1883, the Civil Service Commission was created. Federal employment has changed but the bureaucracy and much of the original philosophy still exist.

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Barriers to Effectively Using the Supervisory Probationary Period

By on January 16, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Barriers to Effectively Using the Supervisory Probationary Period

The MSPB found in a recent survey that barriers exist which cause federal managers not to fully utilize employee probationary periods to deal with non-performers.

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Federal Labor Relations: 2018 Predictions (or Maybe Hopes)

By on January 3, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Labor Relations: 2018 Predictions (or Maybe Hopes)

The author looks at problems created by the FLRA under past administrations and how the FLRA under the new administration might address them.

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Year in Review: 2017 and Its Impact on Federal Employees

By on December 31, 2017 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Year in Review: 2017 and Its Impact on Federal Employees

What were the most popular topics for federal employees in 2017? As a whole, this group is downbeat and concerned about possible changes to pay and benefits.

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EQUALS Act Doubles Probationary Periods, but Doesn’t Eliminate Rights to Appeal Adverse Actions

By on December 20, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
EQUALS Act Doubles Probationary Periods, but Doesn’t Eliminate Rights to Appeal Adverse Actions

Although new legislation would double the probationary period for new federal employees if it becomes law, these employees still would have appeal options.

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Documentation is Key for Federal Employees Taking Prescription Opioids

By on December 14, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Documentation is Key for Federal Employees Taking Prescription Opioids

Federal employees who take prescription opioids are facing tougher scrutiny. Here is important information to remember for mandatory drug testing.

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Good and Not So Good News From the 2017 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®

By on December 9, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Good and Not So Good News From the 2017 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®

The author says the real story inside of the Best Places to Work rankings lies in the comparison to employees in the private sector.

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