Training Courses for Federal Employees

The benefits of an informed workforce are numerous – increased employee engagement, improved productivity, decreased employee turnover, and a safer workplace. That’s why FELTG training is not limited to federal supervisors and advisors. These courses combine FELTG’s expertise on federal employment law with practical and usable guidance for employees that will lead to better results for the agency. It’s a win-win-win for all – the agency, the employee, and the taxpayer.

If you want more information on a course, or if you’re looking for employee training on a topic not listed below, contact us.


EM-1: The Civil Civil Servant: Protections, Performance, and Conduct (1/2 – 1 day)

This class provides attendees with a full understanding of their rights and responsibilities as federal employees. Employees will learn about the merit system principles, EEO, whistleblower, and retaliation protections, as well as what will happen if their performance becomes an issue. The course will also educate employees on the various elements of disciplines and numerous other topics, including personal liability, crimes, and administrative sanctions.

Consider adding Civil Civil Servant to your onboarding program. Civil Civil Servant meets all the requirements for the mandatory No FEAR Act training for new employees.

 You’ll find a more in-depth description of the training here.

Course Topics: An explanation of merit system principles, including mandatory No FEAR Act material; employee rights and responsibilities when engaging in the EEO process; whistleblower retaliation protections; performance and conduct legal rights and requirements; rights to representation; union considerations.


 

EM-2: Preventing and Correcting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (1/2-1 day)

The #MeToo movement has had a significant impact on the American workplace. A well-publicized EEOC report suggested that some responsibility for reporting and understanding harassment belongs to bystanders. This course will provide employees a basic grasp of workplace harassment law, and most importantly, what they should do when they are either a victim of or witness to harassment.

Course Topics: Definition of sexual harassment; circumstances that constitute harassment; roles in harassment; tangible employment actions; unwelcome conduct; the severe or pervasive standard; hostile work environment harassment; same-sex harassment; agency liability; employee responsibilities; strategies for prevention.


 

EM-3: Understanding Reasonable Accommodation (1/2 – 1 day)

This half- or full-day course will provide your employees with answers to their most perplexing questions about reasonable accommodation. They’ll learn in understandable terms what legal concepts like interactive process and qualified individual mean, and leave with a firm grasp on the how and why of agency reasonable accommodation decisions.

Course Topics: The law under the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act & Amendments Act; regulations; the reasonable accommodation process; the medical documentation employees are required to provide; the medical information employers cannot ask for; defining an individual with a disability; major life activities and substantial limitations; essential job functions; the interactive process; when employers can say “no” to an accommodation; confidentiality of medical information.


 

EM-4: Mindset Matters: Making the Transition from Individual Contributor to Supervisor (1 day)

Receiving a promotion is a career highlight. However, if that promotion means you’re now supervising your former co-workers, then it also means you’re about to navigate the trickiest part of your career. This one-day course is perfect those who have been promoted, or hope to be promoted at some point, and will cover the following competencies — leading people, resilience, decisiveness, flexibility.

Course Topics: Assessing existing managerial knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence; understanding the art and science behind managing others; differentiating between a general mindset, positional mindset, and job-specific mindset; understanding the traits that directly correlate with the ability to accurately assess performance; create a personal development strategy to transition to supervision. 


 

EM-5: The High-Performing Team (1 day)

Does your agency rely on teams to get mission-critical work accomplished? Then invest in this full-day training that helps teams leverage individual personality types and strengths to promote accurate communication, diminish unhealthy conflict, and increase individual and collective performance. The High-Performing Team, led by nationally recognized leadership scholar and trainer Dr. Anthony J. Marchese, includes assessments, relevant articles and videos, real-life simulations, and practical suggestions for ongoing sustainability.

Course topics:  The neuroscience behind peak performance; the composition of teams of excellence; strategies to understand and negotiate individual difference; align team goals with those of the agency.


 

EM-6: Handling Behavioral Health Issues and Threats of Violence in the Federal Workplace (1-2 days)

What are the warning signs that an employee may become violent? What’s the best way to intervene when you think an employee is suicidal? If you’re a bystander during a behavioral or psychiatric crisis, what should you do – or not do – to keep yourself and others safe? Licensed Clinical Social Worker Shana Palmieri will share practical and clinical guidance on how to avoid, manage and prepare for workplace crises — and properly deal with them should they occur.

Course Topics: Types of mental disabilities and how they may exhibit in the workplace; dealing with suicidal employees; dos and don’ts when working with employees who have behavioral health issues; myths and facts about targeted violence in the workplace; individual characteristics that put an employee at higher risk of committing an act of violence; steps to take if someone becomes violent in the workplace.


 

Upcoming Training Events


Mar
4
Mon
Virtual Training Event – Workplace Investigations Week
Mar 4 – Mar 8 all-day

Course Description

This week of FELTG training focuses on conducting administrative investigations in the federal workplace with an emphasis on employee misconduct, including workplace harassment. After an overview of the substantive law, participants will learn procedures and best practices for conducting administrative investigations, including understanding what constitutes misconduct, the differences between EEO and non-EEO harassment, planning the investigation, fact finding, collecting evidence, dealing with witnesses, understanding types of questioning, and testifying at hearing. The week concludes with a day focused on writing an investigative report.

Special content will also discuss conducting investigations post-pandemic, including tips for interviewing witnesses virtually, addressing safety concerns during in-person interviewing and evidence gathering, and more.

Note: This class includes breakout discussions and workshops, and attendees are encouraged to participate via audio. Because of the interactive nature of this program attendance is limited, so register early to guarantee your spot.

The program runs 12:30 – 4:30 eastern each day, with a 30-minute break midway.

Daily Agenda

Monday, March 4

Administrative Investigations: The Substantive Basis: Why investigate; discipline law and elements; understanding charges of misconduct; collecting penalty evidence; law behind other types of administrative investigations; witness rights; union representation.

Tuesday, March 5

Harassment Investigations: Investigating allegations of harassment; differentiating between EEO and non-EEO harassment; the latest on LGBTQ+ discrimination; overlapping forms of discrimination.

Wednesday, March 6

Conducting the Investigation, Part I: Evidentiary principles; purpose of investigation; preparing for the investigation; role of the investigator; planning the investigation. beginning the interview.

Thursday, March 7

Conducting the Investigation, Part II: Conducting the interview; handling difficult witnesses; assessing credibility/lies/hearing what isn’t said; body language; gathering other evidence; technology and investigations; high profile case considerations; testifying at an administrative hearing; rules for being an effective witness.

Friday, March 8

Writing the Investigative Report: Organizing for the report; establishing the chronology; writing for your audience; report writing style; report writing conventions; report organization; sample report.

Date and Time

March 4 – 8, 2024

12:30 – 4:30 pm ET each day (with a 30-minute break)

Instructors

Katherine Atkinson, Ann Boehm

Registration

Download Individual Registration Form

Pricing

Most people attend the full training week, but you may opt out of any days you don’t plan to attend.

Early Bird Tuition (register by February 1):

  • 5 days = $1695
  • 4 days = $1465
  • 3 days = $1095
  • 2 days = $825
  • 1 day = $495

Standard Tuition (register February 2 and later):

  • 5 days = $1795
  • 4 days = $1565
  • 3 days = $1195
  • 2 days = $925
  • 1 day = $595

 

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Zoom for this Virtual Training Institute event. Many government computers and systems allow Zoom access. If for some reason your firewall will not allow access, you’re welcome to use your personal email address to register, and to attend the sessions from your personal device.
  • Can I earn CLE credits for this class?
    • CLE applications are the responsibility of each attendee; FELTG does not apply for the credits on behalf of attendees.  If you are seeking CLE credit, attendees may use the materials provided by FELTG in submission to your state bar. Attendees may also request a certificate of completion which will contain the number of training hours attended.
  • Can I share my access link with co-workers?
    • No. Registration for this event is per individual, and access links may not be shared. Each link may only be used by one person.
  • Can I register a teleworker?
    • This event is individual registration, so the cost is the same whether the person is teleworking or in an agency facility.
  • How do I receive a group rate discount?
    • Group rates are available for agencies registering 10 or more individuals for the full event. Group discounts are available through February 1.
Mar
20
Wed
Virtual Training Event – Handling Teleworker Performance and Conduct Challenges
Mar 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Course Description

Remote work opportunities are no longer a wish for many employees, but an expectation. Even as agencies transition staff back to the workplace, a good deal of remote work remains. And so does the big problem: Telework isn’t for everyone.

It’s likely that you have employees who struggle whether they’re at home or in an office. Poor performance and misconduct can never be overlooked. FELTG’s flagship courses, such as UnCivil Servant, have empowered supervisors and their advisors to confidently handle the challenges that come with supervising federal employees. Using the UnCivil Servant framework, FELTG President and attorney at law Deborah Hopkins will address and provide guidance on handling employee conduct and performance issues, regardless of their work location.

Over the course of 90 minutes, Ms. Hopkins will address challenges such as remote employees, who:

  • Misuse technology or violate time and attendance protocols.
  • Fail to perform their critical element(s) at an acceptable level.
  • Request telework as a Reasonable Accommodation.

It’s imperative to agency mission that you use the right tools to swiftly and effectively address poor performance and misconduct, regardless of where the employee is doing – or NOT doing – the actual work.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Take disciplinary action against a teleworking employee.
  • Determine whether you have enough evidence that a non-performer should be put on a demonstration period during emergency telework.
  • Manage a demonstration period remotely.

Date and Time

March 20, 2024, 1-2:30 pm ET

Instructor

Deborah Hopkins

Registration

Download Individual Registration Form

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition (register by February 20): $325
  • Standard Tuition (register February 21 or later): $365
  • Rates per registrant.
  • Want to register a group? Group discounts for 10 or more attendees are available through February 20. Contact FELTG.

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Zoom to broadcast this Virtual Training Institute event. Many government computers and systems allow Zoom access. If for some reason your firewall will not allow access, you’re welcome to use your personal email address to register, and to attend the sessions from your personal device.
  • Can I earn CLE credits for this class?
    • CLE applications are the responsibility of each attendee; FELTG does not apply for the credits on behalf of attendees.  If you are seeking CLE credit, attendees may use the materials provided by FELTG in submission to your state bar. Attendees may also request a certificate of completion which will contain the number of training hours attended.
  • Can I share my access link with co-workers?
    • No. Registration for this event is per individual, and access links may not be shared. Each link may only be used by one person.
  • Can I register a teleworker?
    • This event is individual registration, so the cost is the same whether the person is teleworking or in an agency facility.
  • How do I receive a group rate discount?
    • Group rates are available for agencies registering 10 or more individuals. Group discounts are available through February 20. 

Cancellation and No-show Policy for Registered Participants: Cancellations made after the cancel date on the registration form will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. Pre-paid training using the “Pay Now” option will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. No-shows will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses.

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