Public Sector HR News

  • HR News December 2021 Featured Article: 2021 President Pam Dollard Reflects on an Eventful Year

    Dec 01, 2021

    As I reflect on the past year, I am appreciative of your nimbleness in ever-changing environments and your eagerness to dive headfirst into resolving each workplace and workforce challenge as it arises. This is why, in a time of continuing disruption, IPMA-HR has continued to be dedicated to providing public sector HR education, resources and professional development.

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  • Larger State, Local Agencies Must Start Preparing to Require Vaccinations or Frequent COVID Testing

    Nov 08, 2021

    Details of the vaccine mandate for public and private sector organizations were announced on the morning of Nov. 4, 2021. A fact sheet explains that what the federal government is calling an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) applies to organization employing more than 100 people.

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  • As the Deadline for Federal Employees to Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Passes, Are You Prepared?

    Nov 08, 2021

    The effective deadline actually passed on November 8th. This happened because full vaccination occurs two weeks after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot or a second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna shot. Feds who are already fully vaccinated are not being required to receive boosters.

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  • LEGISLATIVE & POLICY UPDATE—The New U.S. Supreme Court Term Will Produce Important Rulings for Public Sector HR

    Nov 01, 2021

    Rulings in all of the cases highlighted in this column could have impacts on state and local government employers, and each bears watching this term.

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  • HR News October 2021 Featured Article: WHAT THE RESEARCH SHOWS—Promoting Inclusivity in Assessment

    Oct 01, 2021

    Failing to use assessments in the ways that research indicates are best puts agencies at risk for turning down qualified applicants and inhibiting the diversity of their leadership and overall workforce.

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  • Guidance on Implementing the Federal Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Has Been Published

    Sep 24, 2021

    The White House-led Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on Sept. 17, 2021, published detailed guidance on implementing E.O. 14043, “Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees.”

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  • Infographic: Public Sector Perspective on Returning to the Physical Workplace

    Sep 20, 2021

    An infographic on public sector reentry plans and flexible work arrangements.

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  • President Biden Mandates COVID-19 Vaccines for Feds, Many Other Workers

    Sep 10, 2021

    The goal of the Path Out of the Pandemic plan is to keep America’s businesses, schools and entertainment venues open as infections, hospitalizations and deaths return to pandemic highs.

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  • HR News September 2021 Feature Article: Know What to Do When the ADA, the FMLA and Workers’ Compensation Intersect

    Sep 01, 2021

    Staying in regulatory compliance and achieving the best results for the organization and the employee when two or more of the laws applies can seem impossible. Certainly, organizations commonly make mistakes at the intersections.

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  • COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Public Sector Mandates Grow as FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer’s Shot

    Aug 24, 2021

    Regulations for mandatory vaccination programs are still being written, For now, a FAQ created by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force offers useful guidance for U.S. government workplaces. The information can also inform policy making at the state and local level.

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  • President Biden Mandates Vaccine for Federal Workers, Major Jurisdictions Follow Suit

    Aug 05, 2021

    President Joe Biden announced a requirement for all federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or adhere to regular testing and other strict protocols. Several state jurisdictions adhering to similar requirements.

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  • Research Finds Increased Generational Concern About Retirement and a Need for Financial Wellness Programs

    Jul 29, 2021

    A national survey by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) finds that 64% of Millennials and 54% of Generation X are more concerned about retirement and the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on their retirement plan than older generations.

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  • Prior to COVID-19, More Women in the Workforce than Ever Before

    Jul 01, 2021

    Before the pandemic, women’s employment and earnings were improving nationwide. The institute’s data from 2019 indicates that more women were in the workforce than ever before, the gender wage gap had narrowed, and women continued to enter managerial and professional occupations at a growing rate. 

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  • HR News July 2021 Featured Article: 5 Interactive Tools to Make Your Financial Wellness Program a Slam Dunk

    Jul 01, 2021

    All of the publicly available reports, infographics, booklets and interactive forms and worksheets are available for free to any HR director to adapt to their own workplace training situations.

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  • Federal FY2022 Budget Proposal Calls for Large Spending Increases on State, Local Government Priorities

    Jun 08, 2021

    The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 comes with a total price tag of $6 trillion. If approved, much of the money would actually be spent over the following decade on projects long prioritized by state, local and tribal governments.

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  • Hiring, Retention Challenges Highlighted in Latest State and Local Government Workforce Survey

    Jun 02, 2021

    The Center for State and Local Government Excellence at ICMA-RC surveyed members of IPMA-HR and the National Association of State Personnel Executives early in 2021, finding that recruiting and retaining workers is only getting harder at a time when the pandemic is accelerating retirement.

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  • HR News June 2021 Featured Article: Avoid a One-Size-Fits-All Plan for Recalling Workers to the Office

    Jun 01, 2021

    Employees developed four distinct outlooks toward working remotely: thriving, hopeful, discouraged and trapped. Only 16 percent of employees were thriving.

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  • Towns, Villages and Other Small Municipalities Can Now Request Coronavirus Recovery Funds

    May 25, 2021

    The U.S. Treasury is accepting applications from nonentitlement units of local government (NEUs) for allocations from the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

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  • Biden’s American Families Plan Proposes National Paid Family Leave Program

    Apr 29, 2021

    According to the White House, the plan introduces, amongst other things, a national paid family and medical leave program providing partial wages for 12-weeks to workers taking time off to care for themselves or a loved one.

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  • US Treasury Releases Guidance for State & Local Governments to Prepare for ARP Recovery Funds

    Apr 16, 2021

    On April 15, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released guidance for State, Local, and Tribal governments on immediate steps to take in preparation to receive Recovery Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

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