FELTG Executive Director Deborah Hopkins instructing a class
Advanced Employee Relations – Okinawa @ Camp Foster
Jul 14 – Jul 16 all-day

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Course Description

FELTG is coming back to Okinawa!

Let’s face it: being a federal sector Employee Relations Specialist is a tough job. It’s great to know the basics, but the basics don’t always help you when you’re facing those really challenging situations. That’s when you realize that there is much more to learn. No worries. FELTG is presenting Advanced Employee Relations, a three-day seminar focused on immersing you in the employee relations training you need most.

Held in Okinawa, Japan in July 2020, you’ll receive in-depth training on topics including leave, performance, misconduct, disability accommodation, and more. Plus, hands-on workshops will allow you to leave with the tools you’ll need to succeed. And it will all be taught by FELTG Senior Instructor Barbara Haga.

Great training. Great instructor. Great location. Register now.

The program runs 8:30 – 4:30 each day.

* This program will take place at Camp Foster. Exact location will be emailed to confirmed participants. In order to register you MUST have either (1) a DoD Issued Common Access Card (CAC), or (2) a Camp Foster/Camp Butler Base Access Pass.


Barbara Haga

Daily Agenda


Leave and Attendance: Administering leave, with particular emphasis on sick leave, LWOP, and FMLA. Detailed review of sick leave provisions including authorized purposes for use of sick leave, limitations on use of sick leave for family care and bereavement, eligibility to use leave for care, notice requirements, acceptable documentation. Management actions to control use of leave and abuse of sick leave. Detailed review of FMLA provisions including eligibility to invoke FMLA, entitlement, coverage of family members, administration and notice requirements. Acceptable medical documentation under FMLA, definition of serious health condition. Substitution of paid leave. Discipline tied to FMLA. LWOP – when LWOP is mandatory, limits on granting LWOP, employee status while on extended LWOP. Other topics –issues related to annual leave and leave transfer, other leave entitlements.


Performance Management: Managing performance from system establishment to conducting annual appraisals to taking actions linked to performance.  Requirements for effective performance plans, including reference to MSPB cases on elements and standards.  Linkage between appraisal and other personnel management decisions, including reduction-in-force and within-grade increases. Preparing effective documentation  Writing effective and measurable performance criteria that will withstand third-party review, including a workshop where participants will do an in-depth review of performance plans. Elements of performance cases and burdens of proof.  Requirements for successful performance-based actions – from drafting an Opportunity to Demonstrate Acceptable Performance notice that will withstand scrutiny to conducting a bona fide PIP to ensuring that due process is met in effecting an action on unacceptable performance.


Misconduct and Other Related Issues: Implementation of a successful disciplinary program – delegation of authority, role of advisors, warnings and cautions, use of administrative leave. Nexus. Dealing with comparators in determining a penalty. Involuntary actions – resignations and retirements. Ordering and Offering medical examinations. Specific disciplinary situations: handling situations when an employee is unable to perform including excessive leave, disability retirement, separation disability; conduct unbecoming; misuse and technology-related misconduct; failure to meet conditions of employment.


    • Early Bird Tuition (register by June 29):
      • 3 days = $1420
      • 2 days = $1020
      • 1 day = $580

      Standard Tuition (register June 30 – July 16):

      • 3 days = $1520
      • 2 days = $1120
      • 1 day = $680


This program will be held at Camp Foster in the Chatan region, and will send specifics as soon as we have them.

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