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Archive for: December 2012 AM



Hourly and biweekly rates for General Schedule employees are computed under 5 U.S.C. 5504. Premium pay is computed under 5 U.S.C. chapter 55, subchapter V, and 5 CFR part 550, subpart A. The rates are computed based on an employee’s annual rate of basic pay, including any applicable special rate supplement or locality payment. (Note: Overtime pay for nonexempt employees is computed under the Fair Labor Standards Act, subject to some special rules for Federal employees. See 5 CFR part 551. In addition, firefighters covered by 5 U.S.C. 5545b are subject to special rules for computing hourly rates and overtime pay. See 5 CFR part 550, subpart M.)


Family-Friendly Workplace Model

Family-friendly policies provide benefits such as on-site health services, childcare, family planning, maternity leave, transportation, and flexible scheduling. These benefits help employees manage their careers and family responsibilities more successfully. Such benefits can lower employees’ stress levels, improve individual and family health, and increase job satisfaction. Family-friendly workplace benefits can even help reduce poverty by making it possible for more people—especially women—to remain in the workforce.


How To Get a Medical Cannabis Card in California

Medical Marijuana Cards: What Are They?
There are two types of medical marijuana ID cards: those issued by medical marijuana evaluation clinics and those issued by your local county health care agenc


An Appeal To All Prohibitionists

Most of us are aware by now that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high, ‘no matter what.’ So why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future. If you remotely believe that people will one day quit using any of these ‘at present’ illegal drugs, then you are exhibiting a degree of naivety parallel only with those poor deluded wretches who voluntarily drank the poisoned Kool-Aid in Jonestown.


Workplace Discrimination: Who Suffers the Most?

We all know how hard it is to find a job during a recession. Unfortunately, race, gender, sexual orientation, weight, smoking habits, and age can make your job search even harder and cause workplace discrimination.


9 Avoidable Workplace Health and Safety Hazards

You don’t need to work surrounded by combustible materials to face serious health and safety risks, but the recent mine explosion in West Virginia, which killed nearly 30 workers, has called regulatory attention to that extreme end of the workplace hazard spectrum. Whether it’s a failure to protect your workers against carbon monoxide, the silent killer, or a sleep-deprived employee getting into a fatal car accident on the drive to work, every job comes with potential hazards.


US unemployment rate could stall despite job growth

Although left unsaid, the research suggests that it could lead the Fed to keep its foot on the monetary policy gas pedal even longer than currently expected.


Reasons for Unemployment in The US

People of an organization or country are regarded as the most valuable (living) assets in the world. Employment could be explained as the state of being employed or occupied in a job that pays the subject money. Therefore, unemployment could be defined as the state of being unemployed or out of work. A high rate of unemployment is a clear indication of poor national economic performance, whereas low employment is an indication of good national economic performance.