News Briefs

October 18, 1996

News Briefs

The following news summaries are from OPM AM, the daily newsletter of the Office of Personnel Management. OPM AM is available on OPM Mainstreet, the agency's electronic bulletin board, at 202-606-4800.

THE FEDERAL DIARY--"Civilians who are members of military reserve or National Guard units can now buy a special insurance policy that will pay them $500 or $5,000 a month--on top of their military pay--if they are called up for extended active military duty"...and...At 10 a.m. tomorrow, OPM's Jo Ann Perrini and Jerry Mickowicz will tell how workers can take advantage of the Family Leave Act and leave-sharing to adopt a child, care for a terminally ill loved one or recover from an illness (The Washington Post).

WOMEN--"Women make up 10% of the officers at the largest U.S. Companies and an average of just 2 percent of the senior executive positions, according to a new study by Catalyst, a women's research and advocacy group in New York" (The Wall Street Journal).

FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT--"The Family Medical Leave Act covers all public sector employees. Since 1993, approximately 1.5 million employees have used FMLA leave, and nearly 5,000 of them have filed complaints with the Labor Department claiming their employers did not adhere to the act's regulations. DOL is compiling a manual to help agencies understand the regulations (Federal Human Resources Week).

OTHER VIEWS--White House expands its World Wide Web page. OPM is referenced as source for jobs (International Herald Tribune, Paris, France, September 25)...Rock Island Arsenal team honored by National Partnership Council (Leader, Davenport, IA, September 18)...Women in government have increased (Public Administration Times, September)...Rhode Island CFC honored by OPM (Herald News, Fall River, MA, September 9)...Community pharmacies losing money under Blue Cross/Blue Shield's new copay rules encouraging FEHBP enrolles to use mail order providers (Drug Store News for the Pharmacist, NY, NY, September)...Abortion ban retained in FEHBP (Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN, September 12)...OPM official testifies on pension forfeiture act (Roll Call, Washington, DC, September 19).

THE FEDERAL TIMES--Deposits and redeposits affect your retirement annuity...Maximizing your savings beyond the Thrift Plan (The Federal Times, October 21).

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