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Chaffetz: Freeze step increases
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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Congress should pass a bill temporarily canceling General Schedule (GS) employees' step increases. President Obama recently proposed a federal pay freeze that would cancel the annual adjustment to the GS pay scales and freeze other civilian employees' pay in 2011 and 2012. But under Obama's plan, about $2.5 billion in regularly scheduled step increases will still be handed out to about 1.1 million GS employees, according to Federal Times' analysis of federal pay and staffing data. More


Obama to push unemployment benefits as condition of extending tax rates
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Visiting a technical college in North Carolina, President Obama spoke on the need for private-public cooperation to make the U.S. more competitive while also laying down conditions on expiring tax rates, even as a deal between the White House and Congress is said to be in the works. Tax rates approved 10 years ago are set to expire Jan. 1 unless Congress takes action during the lame-duck session. More

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With federal workers facing pay freeze, Wall Street should do its part, too
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Washington government workers and New York financial executives have one thing in common: The U.S. public despises them both. But American society - led by President Obama and Congress - treats the two quite differently when it comes to paychecks. Hard economic times mean the federal civilian work force has to accept a pay freeze for the next two years, Obama said. Some newly elected Republicans in Congress want to go further, urging 10 percent pay cuts across the board for U.S. government employees. More

5 myths about federal workers
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Colleagues from The Washington Post and President Max Stier of Partnership for Public Service used the popular "5 Myths" feature to dispel some tall tales about the federal work force. More

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Sick leave allowed so federal employees can care for flu-stricken
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Federal employees will be able to take up to 13 days of sick leave to care for family members who were exposed to a pandemic flu or other serious communicable diseases, under new regulations that take effect Jan. 3. The final regulations, recently published by the Office of Personnel Management, will also allow employees to be advanced up to 30 days of sick leave to care for family members injured on military duty. More

9 reasons why boomer businesses fail
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A vice president at a major Fortune 500 company one day decided that she wanted to start a business. She was a sassy 48-year-old single MBA who was very successful climbing the corporate ladder. She worked in marketing, managing a brand at her company and making a handsome six-figure income. She did her research and decided to invest in a food franchise. But making the transition from having a job to starting a business proved to be a tough road. More


8 tips for dealing with difficult relatives over the holidays
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For many people, the holidays are a joyous time, and for others they are a dreaded part of the year. One factor that can make it tough is spending time with difficult relatives. Preparation on how to handle a stressful situation may alleviate this problem. More

Retired workers crave jobs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study by the Families and Work Institute, a Manhattan-based research organization that tracks changes in the work force, has found that one in five workers over age 50 is working for pay in a new role after retiring from a previous career. Three-quarters of workers over 50 expect to work a "retirement job" sometime in the future. More

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Planning a New Year's getaway
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Don't drop the ball on planning a New Year's Eve getaway. Here are five distinctly romantic resort escapes worthy of a Veuve toast. More

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Holiday tipping guide: Top 10 to tip and how much
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Who do you tip during the holidays? And how much? Ask 10 different people, and you'll likely get 10 different answers. But that's not necessarily a problem. The fact that there is no hard-and-fast rule for who and how much you should tip is actually a good thing. Consider this: We haven't all been going to the same fabulous hairdresser for the last 20 years, and we don't all have a go-the-extra-mile garbage man who picks up all the loose trash from the ground when the wind knocks our can over in the middle of the night. More

A NARFE member asks about re-enrolling in the FEHBP
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Question: If an annuitant passes away during his or her suspended Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) enrollment, will his or her survivor be eligible to re-enroll in the FEHBP? More

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NARFE urges House to include public service retirees in bill to offer $250 payment to seniors
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National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) President Joseph A. Beaudoin today urged the House of Representatives to include retired public service employees in H.R. 5987, legislation to be considered this week that would provide a one-time $250 payment to Social Security beneficiaries in lieu of a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2011. More

NARFE deplores assaults on federal family in fiscal commission report
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Joseph A. Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), has denounced the unprecedented assaults on the earned compensation of federal workers and annuitants in the final report voted on Dec. 3 by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. "Times are tough, and federal workers and annuitants want to do their part, but not if it means we are singled out for budget cuts while others are not asked to make similar sacrifices," Beaudoin said. "Of 45 proposals made by the co-chairmen of the commission, the only one unilaterally embraced by the president has been a two-year federal pay freeze. Singling out civil servants for disparate treatment simply makes no sense." More

NARFE president thanks members for response
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NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin has thanked NARFE members who phoned, faxed and e-mailed their congressional delegations as a result of the Association's Special Alert. For those who have not yet contacted their members of Congress to oppose the Fiscal Commission co-chairs' proposal to cut federal pay and benefits, NARFE's Legislative Action Center has a streamlined way for members and nonmembers to send an electronic message to their legislators. Click here

Join NARFE now before prices go up
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By joining NARFE now, you will save $12. At the recent NARFE National Convention, delegates voted to raise NARFE dues. The new first-year dues rate of $45 takes effect Jan. 1. Join now at the current $33 rate and save. NARFE is the only association dedicated solely to protecting and enhancing the health care and retirement benefits of federal employees and survivors. More

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