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FELTG Executive Director Deborah Hopkins instructing a class
Apr
13
Tue
Webinar – Justifying Your PIP? What the Recent Precedent-Breaking Fed Circuit Decision Means
Apr 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Instructors

Deborah Hopkins

Bob Woods

Course Description

The Federal Circuit recently overturned 40 years of precedent in its Santos v. NASA decision, ruling that agencies under MSPB jurisdiction must have substantial evidence that the employee was performing poorly BEFORE the agency is allowed to put the employee on a PIP.

So, what kinds of evidence do you need pre-PIP? Can an employee grieve your decision to put him on a PIP? Who has the burden to prove whether a performance plan was discriminatory? And, exactly how much poor performance is needed to show a “continued” pattern of poor performance, as is now required?

In this 60-minute webinar, FELTG President Deborah Hopkins and FELTG Instructor Bob Woods will explain how this case drastically changes the way agencies handle instances of employee poor performance, and what’s required to satisfy the new requirements in Santos. While this is a significant change, good news: it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think and, in fact, may even help you protect the agency against claims of reprisal or discrimination. Ms. Hopkins will walk you through other details in Santos and share some of the pitfalls that could lead to a questioning of whether putting the employee on the performance improvement plan was appropriate.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Assess what constitutes “continued” poor performance.
  • Determine when there is enough evidence to put an employee on a PIP.
  • Document your justification for putting the employee on a PIP.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition (payment required by April 2): $285
  • Standard Tuition (payment made by April 3 later): $315

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $50 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

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.

May
13
Thu
Webinar – Handling Teleworker Performance and Conduct Challenges
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Deborah Hopkins

Course Description

One of the biggest discoveries of the pandemic has been how well federal employees have transitioned to telework. That’s good since most will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future, and increased telework appears to be in many agencies’ long-term plans.

But telework isn’t for everyone, and some employees will struggle regardless of whether they’re at home or in an office. Poor performance and misconduct can never be overlooked, particularly under a new administration in which accountability is prioritized.

FELTG’s flagship courses, such as UnCivil Servant, have empowered supervisors and their advisors to confidently handle the challenges that come with supervising federal employees. Using the UnCivil Servant framework, FELTG President and attorney at law Deborah Hopkins will address and provide guidance on handling employee conduct and performance issues during a pandemic.

Over the course of 90 minutes, Ms. Hopkins will address challenges such as remote employees, who:

  • Refuse to report to duty after the agency re-opens.
  • Misuse technology or violate time and attendance protocols.
  • Fail to perform their critical element(s) at an acceptable level.

It’s imperative to agency mission that you use the right tools to swiftly and effectively address poor performance and misconduct, regardless of where the employee is doing – or NOT doing – the actual work.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Take disciplinary action against a teleworking employee.
  • Determine whether you have enough evidence that a non-performer should be put on a demonstration period during emergency telework.
  • Manage a demonstration period remotely.

 

This program meets the President’s mandate to provide training on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the Federal workplace.

Price

Early Bird Tuition (payment required by May 3): $270

Standard Tuition (payment made by May 4 or later): $300

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $50 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

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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