October 30, 2017 – November 3, 2017 all-day America/New York Timezone
International Student House (ISH) – Ella Burling Hall
1825 R St NW
Washington, DC 20009

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Settlement makes up a major part of federal employment law practice. Most disputes in our field settle – whether they initiate as grievances, EEO complaints or as appeals of agency disciplinary actions – before they ever get to hearing. You might be thinking, “Settlement just doesn’t feel right. It’s like saying the employee did nothing wrong and the agency is at fault.” That’s a common misconception, but it’s not actually grounded in truth; settlement has no direct tie to liability or admissions of wrongdoing.

Settlement happens – a lot. Yet somehow, this is a topic that doesn’t get a lot of love in the training world. Few people actually ever trained in the skills required to negotiate settlement agreements. That all changes now. Join FELTG for this brand-new seminar and learn the skills you need to save your agency time and money, and successfully resolve federal employment law disputes without litigation.


William Wiley, Rock RockenbachDeborah Hopkins

Daily Agenda


Why Settle in Federal Sector Employment Disputes?: Why settlement is important; select options to discipline; rescinding the removal; statistics and writing; protective agreement provisions; unlawful agreements and duress.


Knowing the Players: The Office of Special Counsel, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and Unfair Labor Practices; Interest-based negotiation in practice; positive framing; impasse; void agreements.


Determining Objectives and Methods: Why complainants and managers don’t want to resolve disputes without litigation (and how to combat that);  statements v. objectives; separating the people from the problem; creating and evaluating options for mutual gain; settlement options; OPM restrictions.


Alternative Dispute Resolution: Calculating the costs of litigation; preparing for settlement; mediations; arbitrations; settlement conference; using settlement memoranda; offers of resolution; compensatory damages; tax consequences; red flags: union impact.


Drafting Enforceable Settlement Agreements: Organizing for the agreement; settlement agreement writing style and conventions; parts of an agreement; sentence and paragraph structure; best practices for word selection; deconstruction of a sample settlement agreement.


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

  • 5 days = $2070
  • 4 days = $1700
  • 3 days = $1310
  • 2 days = $930
  • 1 day = $510


A limited block of rooms is reserved at the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle, through September 28. Book here directly or call 1-800-KIMPTON to make a reservation through the reservation desk with the special code 1029FELT.

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