Will federal workers 'bear the brunt' of paying for payroll tax cut?
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A pay freeze for another three years and a 10 percent cut — about 200,000 positions — in the federal workforce is what Republicans wanted in exchange for extending the payroll tax cut. The current tax cut runs out at the end of December and has become only the latest political logjam in Congress. More
House approves workers' compensation reforms
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On Nov. 29, the House passed a bipartisan bill that would overhaul federal workers' compensation programs for the first time in almost 40 years and make it easier to catch cheats. HR 2465, the Federal Workers' Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act, would give the Labor Department more power to identify employees who illegally work elsewhere while receiving federal workers' compensation. More
Postal service mulls eMailbox option
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The U.S. Postal Service is thinking about going to the cloud. The cash-strapped agency recently proposed a new online mailbox system that could receive and store official documents like bills, legal correspondence and health records. The eMailbox would be linked to an individual's home address and would only be able to receive messages from other eMailbox users. While it's clear that the USPS needs to think of ways to stay relevant in the electronic age, many public servants were skeptical about this latest eMailbox proposal. More
5 facts about estate planning, retirement benefits
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Many people have significant assets accumulated in their retirement account. Like any other asset of value, it is important to pay close attention to your retirement account when estate planning, to be sure this valuable asset is left to your heirs in the most tax-efficient manner possible. More
Ways to stay flu-free
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Work parties, family get-togethers, fun with friends; the holidays are not the time you want to be sick with the flu. Yet because of all the personal contact with friends, family, co-workers and fellow shoppers, it's the time of year when you likely might be exposed to the flu. A cold can strike any time, but October to March is flu season. Here are some tips that can help you stay healthy this holiday and flu season. More
What's your grandparenting style?
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When asked what kind of grandparent she'll be, Hilary Clinton told Harper's Bazaar, "Probably an unbearable one." She was kidding, but it's a likely outcome for boomers like Clinton. Many of us were helicopter parents, now we've got a chance to go airborne again, overprotecting and interfering with a whole new generation of kids. Are you overbearing or underinvolved? Doting or dispassionate? Check out this list and see where you fit. More
5 2nd careers baby boomers should consider
The generation that once declared they would never grow up is now refusing to conform to the stereotype of grandma and grandpa, spending their retirement years in rocking chairs. Boomers don't want to just keep working, the studies reveal; they want to do something that promotes a lifelong passion or that can make a difference in the world. So, MainStreet looked at some of the best options for boomers, along with the average expected starting salary for each. More
Retirees only planning finances 5 years ahead
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The level of confidence of retirees and near-retirees in their finances has popped back from the days of the recession, but they aren't planning for how long their money may need to last, says a new study by the Society of Actuaries. "Retirees are planning for only five years down the road, and yet many are as confident as they were before the 2008 recession," says Sally Bryck, associate research director of Limra, a research and professional development organization for insurance and financial services companies. More
Top 10 tips for holiday travel
Silver bells, sleigh rides, Menorahs and mistletoe are on the not-so-distant horizon. But before the festivities get under way, there are flights to catch, security lines to endure and delays to tolerate. With that in mind, online travel adviser Cheapflights.com has come up with 10 top holiday travel tips to help you navigate the festive season. More
The most ridiculous fees of 2011
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If there's a surefire way to tick off consumers, it's by tacking on extra charges to the products and services they rely on. We saw quite a bit of this in 2011, with everyone from big banks to airline companies instituting fees — or hiking old ones — to generate additional revenue. Read on for details of each — and find out whether the charges could affect your wallet. More
Can I change FEHBP insurance plans by phone?
Question: I am a federal annuitant, and I know that the federal benefits Open Season ends Dec. 12. Is there a phone number I can call to change from one Federal Employees Health Benefits Program plan to another? More
NARFE protests proposal to cut federal workforce, extend pay freeze
NARFE scored a victory when a proposal to cut the federal workforce by 10 percent and extend the current federal pay freeze through 2015 was defeated Dec. 1 in the Senate. The plan was proposed by Senate Republicans as a way to pay for extending the Social Security payroll tax holiday. NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin, in a statement issued prior to the legislation's consideration, said: "It's incomprehensible why some senators, to offset the costs of the payroll tax cut, have proposed freezing pay once more for middle-class federal workers across the nation." To read the entire statement, click here.
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