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Committee approves House budget plan
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The Republican budget plan for fiscal year 2013 cleared its first hurdle March 21 when the House Budget Committee voted 19-18 for its approval. The bill now moves on to a vote before the full House. The plan, which was released March 20 by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the House Budget Committee chairman, calls for extending the federal pay freeze through 2015, increasing federal retirement contributions and cutting the federal workforce by 10 percent. More

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Possible cuts in workers' compensation cause concern
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Reginald Gipson was a Secret Service agent on his way to a Syracuse, N.Y., duty call when a common villain got the best of him. He slipped on snow-covered ice and suffered more than embarrassment. The fall injured two disks in his back and nerves in his right leg. "I'm in constant pain," he said. "I can't stand for long periods of time. Also difficult for him is understanding why Congress might sharply cut workers' comp payments covered by the Federal Employees' Compensation Act. More

Financial emergencies: 6 tips for coping via Fox Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A great deal of financial advice is focused on keeping you out of trouble, but sometimes trouble happens. When it does, your attention should turn to handling that trouble as smoothly as possible. Here are six tips for coping with, and recovering from, a financial emergency. More

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10 things you may not know about health care reform
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On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court began to take on a political, social, economic and medical hot potato: the health care reform law that was signed into law two years ago. For six hours during each of the three days, attorneys will argue and justices will consider legal questions about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and issues surrounding federal versus state powers. Many of the law's major aspects have been the topic of much discussion. But are you aware that deep within the sweeping law's 2,700 pages are many lesser known changes that could affect your life in unexpected ways? More

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Caring for elderly parents catches many unprepared
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In July, Julie Baldocchi's mother had a massive stroke and was paralyzed. Baldocchi suddenly had to become a family caregiver, something that she wasn't prepared for. "I was flying by the seat of my pants," says Baldocchi, an employment specialist in San Francisco. Both of her parents are 83, and she knew her father couldn't handle her mother's care. With help from the Family Caregiver Alliance, she eventually hired a live-in caregiver. "But even if you plan intellectually and legally, you're never ready for the emotional impact," says Baldocchi. More

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What employers think of gaps in your work history
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When the recession began, the question that popped up repeatedly was, "Can I find a job in this economy?" Then, for those fortunate enough to be offered a position, the question often became, "Should I take a job even if it's a step down from my last role?" Job seekers want to make a strong first impression with employers, and a résumé with an employment gap or a work history that shows a step back isn't going to do that. Or at least that's what most job seekers fear. A new CareerBuilder survey found that 85 percent of employers consider themselves more understanding of gaps in your work history since the recession began. More

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The world's most walkable cities
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There are cities where cars reign supreme, others where a bicycle or public transportation will suffice, and a select few that remain a paradise for two feet. By design or purely by accident, each of these 10 cities beckons you to wander its boulevards, paths and parks. Grab your most comfortable pair of shoes and check out these 10 most walkable cities around the world. More

Breaking up with retailer email
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Signing up for a retailer's sale alerts, daily news reports or other online services often takes just a click. But unsubscribing is rarely as easy or fast. Consumers increasingly ignore the flood of sales pitches in their inboxes. Despite services like Unroll me, experts say it's getting harder to unsubscribe from retailer emails easily. More

Survivor annuitant asks about FEHBP coverage for new spouse
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Question: As a survivor annuitant, if I remarry, can I cover my new spouse under my Federal Employees Health Benefits Program plan as a dependent? More

NARFE: 'What happened to shared sacrifice?'
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NARFE sharply criticized the budget resolution proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee. The resolution was approved by the Budget Committee on a 19-18 vote. NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin said the budget plan "would further shift America's budget burden onto middle-class federal workers by a 10-year total of $368 billion." The budget would extend the current two-year pay freeze through 2015, cut federal worker paychecks to pay more for already sound retirement plans and shave 1 in 10 federal jobs. "Whatever happened to shared sacrifice?" Beaudoin asked.

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