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


Aug
13
Thu
Webinar – Telework as Reasonable Accommodation: When to Say “Yes” and When to Say “No”
Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Deborah Hopkins

Course Description

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The law requires federal agencies to engage in the interactive process when assessing reasonable accommodations for employees who have disabilities. Telework is one of the the most commonly requested – and most effective – accommodations for individuals who have physical and mental disabilities. But telework is often requested in cases where the “convenience” of working from home is called into question. What should you do in those situations?

Join FELTG President and Attorney at Law Deborah Hopkins for a discussion on this timely topic during Part 3 of the Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace webinar series. Ms Hopkins will start with a quick review of the law, and will detail the required three-step process for agencies to be compliant when dealing with reasonable accommodation requests.

From there, she’ll discuss:

  • What to do if telework would be an effective accommodation – but something else would work too
  • Who gets to choose the accommodation
  • What the EEOC says about accommodating an employee’s commute
  • When an agency can legally deny telework as an accommodation

Often times the best way to learn is by looking at real-life case studies, so the session will include a discussion on recent federal cases – won and lost – involving telework requests as reasonable accommodation. Because of the cost incurred when handling a reasonable accommodation complaint, your agency EEO staff, reasonable accommodation coordinators, disability coordinators, HR staff and supervisors truly cannot afford to miss this event.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by July 20).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made July 21 or later).

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

Webinar Series – Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace
Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Download Registration Form

Instructors

Deborah Hopkins, Katherine Atkinson, Ann BoehmDwight Lewis

Course Description

One of the most important – and challenging – areas in federal employment law is the obligation to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act changed the law more than ten years ago. Yet, too many agencies are still following outdated procedures that are not compliant with the law. Because there are so many complexities in the reasonable accommodation process, the best way to avoid pitfalls and to be sure you provide accommodations for people who are entitled is to follow the appropriate steps, in the proper order.

Updated for 2020, FELTG proudly presents a five-part series on reasonable accommodation in the federal workplace, covering everything from the basics of the law to challenges such as providing accommodations to teleworkers. Attend one session, or attend them all.

Click on any event for a full description.

 5 (1 per webinar)

Session 1: Reasonable Accommodation: The Law, the Challenges & Solutions (July 30)

Session 2:  Reasonable Accommodation: A Focus on Qualified Individuals, Essential Functions, Undue Hardship (August 6)

Session 3: Telework as Reasonable Accommodation: When to Say “Yes” and When to Say “No” (August 13)

Session 4:  Hear it from a Judge: The Reasonable Accommodation Mistakes Agencies Make (August 20)

Session 5: Understanding Religious Accommodations: How They’re Different from Disability Accommodation (August 27)

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by July 20).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made July 21 or later).
  • Register for all five webinars by July 20 and pay only $1125!

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

 

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