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Do some federal workers have reason to fear the president-elect?

Change is something federal workers face all the time. Every four years –perhaps every eight – a new president takes office. Come this January, not only is the White House changing out of the Democratic hands, it is shifting to the hands of a Republican noted for being inscrutable.

Sex harassment and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The midshipmen at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy march in formation just like those at U.S military service academies even though it's run by the Transportation Department. According to its own website, the academy turns out male and female officers of "exemplary character" to serve in the commercial and military transport industry.

Facing a federal employment dispute: Swiftly intervene

There are a great many avenues available to federal workers for the protection of their jobs. There are so many, in fact, that a worker in Texas or elsewhere in the country who is subject of investigation can easily get stymied trying to decide which route to take. The tangle of courses can be so confusing that it delays action. Too often, action delayed is opportunity missed.

OPM to federal workers: Opt out of LTC program with care

How important is long-term care insurance? Private financial planners would likely agree that LTC insurance is a "must have" item, if you can get your hands on it. It's not as widely available as it used to be, but the value of LTC coverage is highlighted by the fact that there is a program for protecting federal workers in Texas and across the United States.

With elections looming, recall rules of federal employee conduct

Working for the federal government comes with some benefits that private employment does not. It also comes with some drawbacks. As we noted in a previous post, federal workers in Texas or anywhere else can easily find themselves facing disciplinary action for something that most other Americans take for granted – expressing opinions about politics.

Park Service 'Culture of sexual harassment' draws lawmaker fire

The National Park Service is a proud institution. Created in 1916, it claims oversight of operations covering 84 million acres of land. The sites include historical and wilderness parks, monuments, battlefields and more in Texas, Georgia and other states.

Drug and alcohol policies can work against job applicants

While the national job market appears to be slowing, there are still a number of people still seeking work. The monthly jobs report may not account for the number of temporary, seasonal jobs that have already been filled, as well as the many parents who choose not to work because their children are out of school.

What does the new OT rule from DOL mean for workers?

New rules just finalized by the Department of Labor hold the promise of there being a little extra in the paychecks of a lot of workers. Many in Texas, Georgia and elsewhere in the country may be of the notion that the new rules only apply to government employees, but that is not the case. Considering that employee rights for federal workers and private sector employees are affected, it seems appropriate to offer this view of the new rule.

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