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January 2013 Archives

MSPB report outlines ways to motivate federal employees

Federal employees face many morale and motivational challenges, according to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) findings from a study of the federal workplace environment. The report, entitled, "Federal Employee Engagement: The Motivating Potential of Job Characteristics and Rewards," details how agencies within the federal government can better motivate the employees.

Texas employment discrimination case to be heard by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will hear arguments involving a discrimination case against the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (TSMC) in Dallas. The employee in the case, Dr. Nassar was not hired by the hospital, and he sued for discrimination and harassment, alleging it was because he was of Middle Eastern descent.

Social Security Office reprimands, then withdraws reprimand from problem worker

The workplace has of many problems and challenges. Often management is the cause, other times, the issues are caused by other employees. They may have engaged in offensive behavior, some of which may be illegal. As difficult as it may be to endure, with sexual harassment or discriminatory conduct, the response is clear. While the facts of every case are different, cases of blatant harassment or discrimination generate a known response.

Federal employees should be aware Inaugural ethics restrictions

For federal employees in the Washington, D.C. area, many inaugural events will be held over the next few weeks. As federal employees, they need to be aware of certain ethical constraints that come with the job. While many of inaugural events may pose no ethical questions for workers, some conflicts could occur. No federal employee wants to be subject to an investigation or discipline because they attended the wrong party or accepted one too many drinks.

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