FELTG Executive Director Deborah Hopkins instructing a class
Virtual Training Event – UnCivil Servant: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct
May 19 – May 20 all-day

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Course Description

FELTG’s flagship course UnCivil Servant empowers federal supervisors and advisers to confidently handle the challenges that come with supervising in the federal workplace. We hope that you never have to fire an employee. But it’s important that you have the tools to effectively address poor performance and misconduct, should the need arise.

Over the course of two half-days, UnCivil Servant identifies misconceptions about performance and misconduct-based actions and provides you with simple step-by-step guidance for taking swift, appropriate and legally defensible actions. The program also covers the very latest on President Biden’s federal workplace executive orders, OPM regulations on performance and conduct, and the Federal Circuit’s recent ruling that agencies must have substantial evidence that the employee was performing poorly BEFORE the agency is allowed to put the employee on a PIP.

Join FELTG for this special event, from wherever you are working – agency office or home. The program will be presented live, and you’ll have time to ask questions and get answers in real time. Note: This course fulfills OPM’s mandatory training requirements for new supervisors found at 5 CFR 412.202(b).

Registrants for both days will also receive a copy of the textbook UnCivil Servant: Holding Federal Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct, 5th Ed., by William Wiley and Deborah Hopkins.

This program runs from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm eastern each day, with a 30-minute break from 2:00 – 2:30 eastern.

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Deborah Hopkins

Who Should Attend

Federal supervisors and managers; attorneys; Labor and Employee Relations Specialists; EEO specialists; union representatives.


Wednesday, May 19

Accountability for Conduct and Performance, Part I: Accountability and supervisory authority; discipline and misconduct theory and practice; the five elements of discipline; off-duty misconduct; penalty defense and due process.

Thursday, May 20

Accountability for Conduct and Performance, Part II: Discipline procedures and appeals; disciplinary documents; defining unacceptable performance; dealing with poor performers; documenting and justifying your decision to put an employee on a Performance Demonstrating Period (DPs, formerly known as PIPs), and performance-based removal procedures.


  • Early Bird Tuition: $370 per session, $700 for both sessions (register by May 7).
  • Standard Tuition: $400 per session, $730 for both sessions (register May 8 – May 20).
  • Rates per registrant. No split registrations permitted.
  • Want to register a group? Contact FELTG.

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Webex for its Virtual Training Institute events. Many government computers and systems allow Webex access. If for some reason your firewall will not allow access, you’re welcome to use your personal email address to register, and to attend the sessions from your personal device.
  • What if I want to attend a session but have a schedule conflict?
    • FELTG also plans to offer this live event periodically, so check our calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Can I share my access link with co-workers?
    • No. Registration for this event is per individual, and access links may not be shared. Each link may only be used by one person.
  • Can I register a teleworker?
    • This event is individual registration, so the cost is the same whether the person is teleworking or in an agency facility.
  • How do I receive a group rate discount?
    • If an agency wishes to register 10 or more attendees for the full event, a group discount will be applied if all registrations are received and paid for together. Group discount deadline is May 7.
  • Can I earn CLE credits for this class?
    • CLE applications are the responsibility of each attendee; FELTG does not apply for the credits on behalf of attendees.  If you are seeking CLE credit, attendees may use the materials provided by FELTG in submission to your state bar. Attendees may also request a certificate of completion which will contain the number of training hours attended.

Seminar registration includes a PDF copy of the program materials, plus a hard copy of the textbook UnCivil Servant: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct, 5th ed., by Wiley and Hopkins. In order to receive the textbook by the training date, please register by May 5 and provide a shipping address. Registrations received after May 5 will also receive a textbook, but materials are not guaranteed to arrive by the training date.

Webinar – Implementing Employee Paid Leave Provisions of the American Rescue Plan
May 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Barbara Haga

Course Description

Are you aware that Employee Paid Leave (EPL) became effective on March 11, 2021? Did you know that the leave must be paid for by funds set aside by the American Rescue Plan? Have you read through OPM’s guidance on the topic?

No worries. During this 60-minute webinar, FELTG Senior Instructor Barbara Haga will share the details you need to understand the implementation and use of EPL. She will thoroughly explain the requirement that leave be paid for funds set aside by the American Rescue Plan and its impact on agencies and employees. Ms. Haga will also address the specifics of when the leave may be used, applying the pay cap, and understanding the impact on retirement of the use of the leave. The session will include scenarios that illustrate various leave use situations.

Attend this training and you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify the eight situations covered by Emergency Paid Leave
  • Recognize the type of documentation needed to substantiate each use
  • Explain what conditional approval of EPL means


  • Early Bird Tuition: $285 per site (payment made by May 17).
  • Standard Tuition: $315 per site (payment made May 18 or later).

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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