Employment law practitioners need a wide range of skills to do their job. Hearing advocacy, legal writing, case research; you need experience and training in all of these areas to be a well-rounded, effective HR Specialist, EEO official, union representative, or agency counsel. Yet, perhaps the most important thing that we do, that we all think we’re good at even though we haven’t been trained, is to settle workplace disputes. In the federal employment law world, many actions get started, but most are settled without a final adjudication. Good practitioners know how to take advantage of the settlement process.
In this program, we introduce the participant to the science and practicality of settlement. Yes, there is a science because psychologists have taught us a great deal about how human minds respond to bargaining proposals and emotional control. Yes, there’s a practical aspect because the flexibilities available in the civil service are limited by law and have to stand up on review before MSPB, EEOC, FLRA, OSC, and in court. In this program, we introduce the participant to the three primary areas of federal employment settlement:
- The Law: What have the oversight agencies told us about settlement in cases in those forums; what’s required, what’s not.
- The Strategy: There are tested approaches to settling conflict; what are they and how do they operate.
- The Options: Agencies have independently developed discipline alternatives ideal for settlement consideration; what might work for you, how to incorporate these options into your settlement strategy.
At the completion of this program, participants will be better able to resolve employee complaints and avoid speculative litigation.
$270 per site