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OPM final regulations expand federal employee sick leave options for serious communicable diseases, including pandemic flu

December 6th, 2010

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued final regulations covering the use of sick leave and advanced sick leave for serious communicable diseases, including pandemic influenza, when appropriate. Under the new regulations, federal employees will also be permitted to substitute up to 26 weeks of accrued or accumulated sick leave for unpaid Family and [Read more...]


Unemployment edges up in November

December 3rd, 2010

The unemployment rate edged up to 9.8 percent in November, and nonfarm payroll employment was little changed (+39,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Temporary help services and health care continued to add jobs over the month, while employment fell in retail trade. Employment in most major industries changed little in November.
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Deficit Reduction Commission calls for taxes on employer-based health care plans, increase in the retirement age

December 3rd, 2010

Calling on the nation and political leaders to stabilize and reduce the national debt, President Obama’s National Commission of Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has issued its recommendations for how the nation can curb its rising debt. The Commission’s report “The Moment of Truth” makes the case that the United States is on “an unsustainable fiscal [Read more...]


Research reveals good looking men have a “sometimes” easier hiring experience, but jealousy gets in the way for women

December 2nd, 2010

“Good looks” are only sometimes a positive factor in consideration for a job, according to new research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). In the new working paper, Are Good-Looking People More Employable? two economics researchers from BGU prove that a double standard exists between good looks as a positive factor in men and women.
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Final rule issued rescinding Form T-1 trust reporting for unions, returning to reporting of “subsidiary organizations” on Form LM-2

December 2nd, 2010

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) published in Wednesday’s Federal Register a final rule rescinding the Form T-1 Trust Annual Report and its implementing regulations. The rule returns “subsidiary organization” reporting back to the Form LM-2 Labor Organization Annual Report, which covers entities that are wholly owned, controlled, and financed by a single union. Requiring [Read more...]