1825 R St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Note: In the event COVID-19 makes it unsafe to hold this class in person, the program will be held virtually.
The pandemic has become endemic, and many employees are returning physically to the office as a new form of hybrid workplace takes root in many agencies. It’s as imperative as ever that your employees are doing the work they are assigned to do and following all workplace rules, regardless of where they are physically located. Unfortunately, Federal supervisors continue to struggle when it comes to holding employees accountable for performance and conduct in the new hybrid environment.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
FELTG is here to make federal supervisors’ and advisers’ lives easier by clarifying common misconceptions. For example: Many supervisors believe that an employee’s protected activity (EEO complaints, whistleblower disclosures, or union activity) precludes the supervisor from initiating a suspension or removal. (Spoiler alert: This is not true).
More importantly, FELTG’s Developing & Defending Discipline: Holding Federal Employees Accountable teaches supervisors how to take defensible misconduct actions quickly and fairly – actions that withstand scrutiny on appeal by the MSPB, EEOC, or in grievance arbitration. Plus, if you have an under-performing employee working for you now, we will show you the steps to take to give the employee an opportunity to demonstrate acceptable performance, and how to determine whether the employee is successful or should be removed.
In addition, we’ll discuss how you can defend against allegations of discrimination and hostile work environment claims, and the role of the supervisor and adviser throughout the EEO process.
This training will include the most up-to-date guidance based on President Biden’s Federal workplace Executive Orders and OPM regulations, as well as all of the lessons learned over the pandemic, plus practical tips from new MSPB case law.
And … this training will mark the return of FELTG to in-person open enrollment training.
Join us for this three-day seminar and come away with the tools you need to hold your employees accountable, and defend every action you take.
The program runs 8:30 – 4:00 each day and meets OPM’s mandatory training requirements for federal supervisors found at 5 CFR 412.202(b). CDC and local COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed.
Enrollment is limited to ensure a little extra space per attendee, so register soon.
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Session 1: Accountability for Conduct and Performance, Part I
Presented by Deborah Hopkins, Attorney at Law, FELTG President
Course Description: This program begins with a discussion on the foundations of accountability and supervisory authority in the federal government. After learning to identify the differences between performance and conduct issues, the seminar will shift the focus to discipline and misconduct theory and practice. From emphasizing the five elements of misconduct, to explaining how an agency can defend its penalty and provide the employee with due process, to a discussion on discipline procedures and appeals, the attendee will receive a thorough education on properly – and legally – handling employee misconduct issues in the federal workplace.
- Understand the differences between employee performance and misconduct issues
- Identify the five elements that must be present in every discipline case
- Recognize the supervisor’s and advisor’s roles in disciplinary procedures and appeals
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Session 2: Accountability for Conduct and Performance, Part II
Presented by Deborah Hopkins, Attorney at Law, FELTG President
Course Description: This session begins with a focus on one of the most misunderstood areas of accountability: poor performance. The conversation includes the requirements to document and justify the decision to put an employee on a performance demonstration period, implementing a performance demonstration period, initiating and completing a performance-based action, and determining the appropriate outcome after the employee has been given an opportunity to demonstrate acceptable performance. From there, the discussion turns to some tricky supervisory scenarios that become less intimidating after explanation: dealing with attendance issues, properly handling the absent employee, medical removals and dealing with union issues.
- Understand the legally-required procedures to hold an employee accountable for poor performance
- Identify and implement the procedures to deal with leave abuse
- Acknowledge how dealing with employees in a bargaining unit is different than non-bargaining unit employees
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Session 3: Defending Against Discrimination Complaints: The Supervisor’s Role in EEO
Presented by Katherine Atkinson, Attorney at Law, FELTG Instructor
Course Description: One of the most intimidating experiences for a federal supervisor is being named in an EEO complaint. Yet, if you are a supervisor for any length of time, there’s a good chance it will happen. This session helps to clarify the federal EEO process so supervisors understand how defend against allegations of discrimination. After an explanation of the protected EEO categories, we’ll cover what to do – and what not to do – if you’re a Responding Management Official in a complaint, and what happens if you’re called as an EEO witness. From there, the program will cover the theories of discrimination, and will provide you with the tools you need to prove your workplace actions were legitimate and non-discriminatory. You’ll sleep better at night after attending this session!
- Identify the theories of discrimination in the federal workplace
- Recognize the situations where a employees need reasonable accommodation – and your role in the process
- Understand how to successfully defend against allegations of harassment and discrimination
Early Bird Tuition (register by June 28):
- 3 days = $1495
- 2 days = $1020
- 1 day = $560
Standard Tuition (register June 29-July 14):
- 3 days = $1595
- 2 days = $1120
- 1 day = $660
Seminar registration includes a copy of the textbook UnCivil Servant: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct, 5th ed., by Wiley and Hopkins.
Metro, Parking, Directions
Metro: The International Student House (1825 R Street NW) is located in convenient proximity to the Red Line. Exit Metro at the Dupont Circle station and proceed to the Q Street/North exit. Head north (you will come off the escalator facing north; if you use the elevator take a left after exiting) on Connecticut Avenue to R Street NW (approximately one block). Turn right onto R Street NW. Cross 19th Street NW and the International Student House will be on the left side of the street approximately halfway down the block. If you reach the Bikeshare dock, you’ve gone too far. Approximate travel time on foot, by wheelchair or scooter: 7-10 minutes.
Parking: Street parking is metered and is limited to two hours, unless you have a Washington, DC, Zone 2 parking pass. The closest parking garage is at 11 Dupont Circle, approximately two blocks from the International Student House (1825 R Street NW). Approximate travel time on foot, by wheelchair or scooter: 5 -7 minutes.
From the Lyle Hotel: After exiting the Lyle Hotel, turn left. At the first intersection, R Street NW, turn right. Proceed approximately one block. The International Student House (1825 R Street NW) will be on your right, just past the Bikeshare dock. Approximate travel time on foot, by wheelchair or scooter: 4-6 minutes.