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  • Flex work not created equal

    You probably know that women make 78 cents to every one dollar a man makes, and that American workers prefer to have a male as their boss rather a than a female. And you may even know that more women are deciding to stay out of the workplace altogether to care for children at home. But we'll bet you haven't heard of the workplace “fatherhood bonus.”

  • Union says DOD treats civilians as 'second-class citizens' in Ebola efforts

    One federal employee union wants to know why no health and safety guidance has been issued to cover returning civilians who serve alongside military service members deployed in African nations affected by Ebola—even though the Defense Department this week announced such a monitoring program to cover returning service members.

  • Education affects weekend activity levels

    Did you go for a hike last weekend? Or maybe just spend the day running around to catch up on errands? There is a reasonable chance you are a college grad.

  • Doorknobs ... and probably broomsticks, too

    You know the story. You hear it every autumn as the flu season begins and every other sort of cough-inducing, runny-nosed affliction begins to spread around the workplace: Wash your hands—that doorknob spreads germs.

  • NTEU to represent CFTC employees

    The National Treasury Employees Union announced its election as the exclusive representative of about 370 Commodity Futures Trading Commission employees.

  • Walk ... and get happy!

    You already know that activities like walking and cycling are good for your physical health. But new research also shows it can be good for mental health, as well.

  • Lawmakers urge USPS to help make mail-in votes count

    Senators of one Midwestern state reached across the aisle to jointly urge the U.S. Postal Service to take steps to print legible postmarks on mail-in ballots to ensure that all their state's absentee votes are counted.

  • DOD to adopt more secure travel cards

    Holders of Defense Department travel cards will start getting more secure cards beginning in January.

  • Both sides would gain in proposed real estate swap

    The General Services Administration and the District of Columbia government seem to have found a clever way to dress up the area around the new Department of Homeland Security headquarters: trading some unused federal real estate for D.C. construction services.

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