August 2, 2022 – August 4, 2022 all-day America/New York Timezone
SpringHill Suites
6350 Newtown Rd
Norfolk, VA 23502

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Note: In the event COVID-19 makes it unsafe to hold this class in person, the program will be held virtually.

Employee relations professionals: There’s one place where you can get the kind of comprehensive, interactive, foundational-based training necessary to handle the most challenging and complicated situations.

And that is FELTG’s Advanced Employee Relations, and it returns once again this year to Norfolk, Va.

Taught by FELTG Senior Instructor Barbara Haga,  Advanced ER offers in-depth training on leave, performance,,and  misconduct with on-hands workshops that allow you to develop the tools you’ll need to succeed.

Great training. Great instructor. Great location. Register now.

The program runs 8:30 – 4:30 each day.


Barbara Haga

Daily Agenda:

Tuesday, August 4

Leave and Attendance: Administering leave, with particular emphasis on sick leave, LWOP, and FMLA. Detailed review of sick leave provisions including authorized purposes for use of sick leave, limitations on use of sick leave for family care and bereavement, eligibility to use leave for care, notice requirements, acceptable documentation. Management actions to control use of leave and abuse of sick leave. Detailed review of FMLA provisions including eligibility to invoke FMLA, entitlement, coverage of family members, administration and notice requirements. Acceptable medical documentation under FMLA, definition of serious health condition. Substitution of paid leave, including Paid Parental Leave. Discipline tied to FMLA. LWOP – when LWOP is mandatory, limits on granting LWOP, employee status while on extended LWOP. Other topics –issues related to annual leave and leave transfer, other leave entitlements.

Wednesday, August 3

Performance Management: Managing performance from system establishment to conducting annual appraisals to taking actions linked to performance. GEAR initiative and other efforts focused on modifying Federal performance management system. Requirements for performance plans, including design of agency systems, rating schemes, and procedures for conducting appraisals. Linkage between appraisal and other personnel management decisions, including reduction-in-force and within-grade increases. Writing effective and measurable performance criteria that will withstand third-party review, including a workshop where participants will do an in-depth review of performance plans. Requirements for successful performance-based actions – from drafting a PIP notice that will withstand scrutiny to conducting a bona fide PIP to ensuring that due process is met in effecting an action on unacceptable performance.

Thursday, August 4

Misconduct and Other Related Issues: Implementation of a successful disciplinary program – delegation of authority, role of advisors, warnings and cautions, use of administrative leave. Nexus. Dealing with comparators in determining a penalty. Involuntary actions – resignations and retirements. Ordering and Offering medical examinations. Specific disciplinary situations: handling situations when an employee is unable to perform including excessive leave, disability retirement, separation disability; conduct unbecoming; misuse and technology-related misconduct; failure to meet conditions of employment.


Early Bird Tuition (register by July 18):

  • 3 days = $1450
  • 2 days = $995
  • 1 day = $530

Standard Tuition (register July 19 – August 4):

  • 3 days = $1550
  • 2 days = $1095
  • 1 day = $630



The hotel has a limited block of rooms reserved for the event at the federal per diem rate. Please use this link and reference FELTG when booking.

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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