Calendar

FELTG Executive Director Deborah Hopkins instructing a class
Feb
4
Tue
Medical Exams and Conditions of Employment: Ensuring Employees Meet the Position Requirements
Feb 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Barbara Haga

Course Description

Ensuring that employees remain capable of performing their duties, whether those requirements involve physical or mental demands of other requirements such as licenses and certifications, is a challenging issue for many HR practitioners.  FELTG instructor Barbara Haga will share specific guidance on how to effectively enforce medical requirements without running afoul of the Merit Systems Protection Board or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

During this 90-minute webinar, Ms. Haga will review a number of MSPB cases about employees who either met a qualification requirement or certification requirement and then lost it – or never were able to obtain it all.  This program will also cover the gamut from IT to EMT certifications, pilot certifications, ability to qualify with a weapon, and much more.

Attendees will learn how to:

·       Order and offer physical exams.
·       Incorporate physical requirements into positions.
·       Understand the narrow opportunities for requiring psychiatric examinations.
Join us for this important session.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $275 per site (payment made by January 27).
  • Standard Tuition: $305 per site (payment made January 28 or later).

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

Mar
5
Thu
Webinar Series – Navigating Challenges in the EEO Process
Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructors

Katherine Atkinson, Barbara Haga, Meghan Droste

Series Description

Equal Employment Opportunity claims can be a long and often complicated process, and some challenges are a bit more troublesome than others. It’s those topics we are tackling during this four-part webinar series. What are the mistakes agencies most often make when dismissing EEO complaints? Can you discipline an employee who is on a reasonable accommodation? How do you determine whether your agency is liable when a contractor files an EEO complaint? Can your agency be sanctioned if the EEO investigation becomes adversarial? Join us for this webinar series to get answers to these and other perplexing questions, and ensure that you successfully navigate the EEO process.

Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.

  • March 5 – EEO Claims: When to Accept, and When to Dismiss: Failure to state a claim; timeliness; collateral attack; framing claims.
  • April 9 – When the ADA and FMLA Collide: Coverage under the FMLA; coverage under the ADA; medical documentation; requesting leave under the FMLA; leave as a reasonable accommodation.
  • May 7 – What Do You Do When Contractors File EEO Complaints? The Ma factors; applying the Ma test; roles and responsibilities of agency personnel when contractors start the EEO process; defenses to the “joint employer” allegation; common questions and answers that arise from agencies dealing with contractors.
  • June 4 – When Investigations Go Bad: Keeping Integrity in the EEO Process: Characteristics of a legally sufficient investigation; investigatory standards – impartiality, appropriateness, evidence-based investigation; relevant documents and witnesses; reviewing the investigation.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by February 24).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made February 25 or later).
  • Register for all four webinars by February 24 and pay only $910!

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

Apr
9
Thu
Webinar Series – Navigating Challenges in the EEO Process
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructors

Katherine Atkinson, Barbara Haga, Meghan Droste

Series Description

Equal Employment Opportunity claims can be a long and often complicated process, and some challenges are a bit more troublesome than others. It’s those topics we are tackling during this four-part webinar series. What are the mistakes agencies most often make when dismissing EEO complaints? Can you discipline an employee who is on a reasonable accommodation? How do you determine whether your agency is liable when a contractor files an EEO complaint? Can your agency be sanctioned if the EEO investigation becomes adversarial? Join us for this webinar series to get answers to these and other perplexing questions, and ensure that you successfully navigate the EEO process.

Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.

  • March 5 – EEO Claims: When to Accept, and When to Dismiss: Failure to state a claim; timeliness; collateral attack; framing claims.
  • April 9 – When the ADA and FMLA Collide: Coverage under the FMLA; coverage under the ADA; medical documentation; requesting leave under the FMLA; leave as a reasonable accommodation.
  • May 7 – What Do You Do When Contractors File EEO Complaints? The Ma factors; applying the Ma test; roles and responsibilities of agency personnel when contractors start the EEO process; defenses to the “joint employer” allegation; common questions and answers that arise from agencies dealing with contractors.
  • June 4 – When Investigations Go Bad: Keeping Integrity in the EEO Process: Characteristics of a legally sufficient investigation; investigatory standards – impartiality, appropriateness, evidence-based investigation; relevant documents and witnesses; reviewing the investigation.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by February 24).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made February 25 or later).
  • Register for all four webinars by February 24 and pay only $910!

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

May
7
Thu
Webinar Series – Navigating Challenges in the EEO Process
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructors

Katherine Atkinson, Barbara Haga, Meghan Droste

Series Description

Equal Employment Opportunity claims can be a long and often complicated process, and some challenges are a bit more troublesome than others. It’s those topics we are tackling during this four-part webinar series. What are the mistakes agencies most often make when dismissing EEO complaints? Can you discipline an employee who is on a reasonable accommodation? How do you determine whether your agency is liable when a contractor files an EEO complaint? Can your agency be sanctioned if the EEO investigation becomes adversarial? Join us for this webinar series to get answers to these and other perplexing questions, and ensure that you successfully navigate the EEO process.

Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.

  • March 5 – EEO Claims: When to Accept, and When to Dismiss: Failure to state a claim; timeliness; collateral attack; framing claims.
  • April 9 – When the ADA and FMLA Collide: Coverage under the FMLA; coverage under the ADA; medical documentation; requesting leave under the FMLA; leave as a reasonable accommodation.
  • May 7 – What Do You Do When Contractors File EEO Complaints? The Ma factors; applying the Ma test; roles and responsibilities of agency personnel when contractors start the EEO process; defenses to the “joint employer” allegation; common questions and answers that arise from agencies dealing with contractors.
  • June 4 – When Investigations Go Bad: Keeping Integrity in the EEO Process: Characteristics of a legally sufficient investigation; investigatory standards – impartiality, appropriateness, evidence-based investigation; relevant documents and witnesses; reviewing the investigation.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by February 24).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made February 25 or later).
  • Register for all four webinars by February 24 and pay only $910!

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

Jun
4
Thu
Webinar Series – Navigating Challenges in the EEO Process
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructors

Katherine Atkinson, Barbara Haga, Meghan Droste

Series Description

Equal Employment Opportunity claims can be a long and often complicated process, and some challenges are a bit more troublesome than others. It’s those topics we are tackling during this four-part webinar series. What are the mistakes agencies most often make when dismissing EEO complaints? Can you discipline an employee who is on a reasonable accommodation? How do you determine whether your agency is liable when a contractor files an EEO complaint? Can your agency be sanctioned if the EEO investigation becomes adversarial? Join us for this webinar series to get answers to these and other perplexing questions, and ensure that you successfully navigate the EEO process.

Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.

  • March 5 – EEO Claims: When to Accept, and When to Dismiss: Failure to state a claim; timeliness; collateral attack; framing claims.
  • April 9 – When the ADA and FMLA Collide: Coverage under the FMLA; coverage under the ADA; medical documentation; requesting leave under the FMLA; leave as a reasonable accommodation.
  • May 7 – What Do You Do When Contractors File EEO Complaints? The Ma factors; applying the Ma test; roles and responsibilities of agency personnel when contractors start the EEO process; defenses to the “joint employer” allegation; common questions and answers that arise from agencies dealing with contractors.
  • June 4 – When Investigations Go Bad: Keeping Integrity in the EEO Process: Characteristics of a legally sufficient investigation; investigatory standards – impartiality, appropriateness, evidence-based investigation; relevant documents and witnesses; reviewing the investigation.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by February 24).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made February 25 or later).
  • Register for all four webinars by February 24 and pay only $910!

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

Jul
30
Thu
Webinar – Reasonable Accommodation for Disabilities: The Law, the Challenges and Solutions
Jul 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Ann Boehm

Course Description

 1

FELTG kicks off its five-part webinar series Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace with an overview of the the current state of disability law and how the ADA, ADAAA, and Rehabilitation Act apply to federal employees with disabilities. Attendees will learn about:

  • Making disability determinations
  • What “qualified individual” actually means
  • Reasonable accommodation requests
  • The interactive process
  • Denials of reasonable accommodation
  • Reassignment and Medical Inability to Perform removals

Whether you’re an attorney, disability program manager, EEO or HR Specialist or a supervisor, you’ll want to be sure to attend this session.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by July 20).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made July 21 or later).

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

Aug
6
Thu
Webinar – Reasonable Accommodation: A Focus on Qualified Individuals, Essential Functions and Undue Hardship
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Katherine Atkinson

Course Description

 1

When the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act became effective nearly a decade ago, the law expanded ADA coverage to include more individuals in disability determinations. In Part 2 of the Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace webinar series, FELTG Instructor Katherine Atkinson, attorney at law, will take a focused look at three challenging areas in the disability process that have changed in recent years: qualified individuals, essential functions, and undue hardship.

After an overview of the disability accommodation law and analysis, Ms Atkinson will dive into the details, including:

  • How to determine whether an individual is qualified for a particular job
  • How to decide what job functions are essential, and what job functions are marginal or ancillary
  • What factors control an undue hardship determination

You’ll have time to ask your questions, and get answers in real time, so make plans now to attend this important event.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by July 20).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made July 21 or later).

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

Aug
13
Thu
Webinar – Telework as Reasonable Accommodation: When to Say “Yes” and When to Say “No”
Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Deborah Hopkins

Course Description

 1

The law requires federal agencies to engage in the interactive process when assessing reasonable accommodations for employees who have disabilities. Telework is one of the the most commonly requested – and most effective – accommodations for individuals who have physical and mental disabilities. But telework is often requested in cases where the “convenience” of working from home is called into question. What should you do in those situations?

Join FELTG President and Attorney at Law Deborah Hopkins for a discussion on this timely topic during Part 3 of the Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace webinar series. Ms Hopkins will start with a quick review of the law, and will detail the required three-step process for agencies to be compliant when dealing with reasonable accommodation requests.

From there, she’ll discuss:

  • What to do if telework would be an effective accommodation – but something else would work too
  • Who gets to choose the accommodation
  • What the EEOC says about accommodating an employee’s commute
  • When an agency can legally deny telework as an accommodation

Often times the best way to learn is by looking at real-life case studies, so the session will include a discussion on recent federal cases – won and lost – involving telework requests as reasonable accommodation. Because of the cost incurred when handling a reasonable accommodation complaint, your agency EEO staff, reasonable accommodation coordinators, disability coordinators, HR staff and supervisors truly cannot afford to miss this event.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by July 20).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made July 21 or later).

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

Aug
20
Thu
Webinar – Hear it from a Judge: The Reasonable Accommodation Mistakes Agencies Make
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Dwight Lewis 

Course Description

 1

Are you likely to outright deny a reasonable accommodation request for leave or a flexible work schedule? Do you think undue hardship is a viable reason to deny most reasonable accommodations? Do you think it’s your responsibility as a supervisor or HR professional to determine if the individual is really disabled? Have you reached out to an employee’s doctor to find out more about his disability?

Oftentimes the best way to learn is by making mistakes. But not when it comes to reasonable accommodation law. Instead, learn from the blunders that other agencies have already made. Join Dwight Lewis, former Chief Administrative Judge of the EEOC – Dallas Region, for Part 4 of FELTG’s Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace webinar series.

Attendees will learn:

  • What steps to take when an employee informs you of his or her disability
  • What judges really think when an agency chooses an accommodation that is different than what the employee requested
  • How to determine if telework would be an effective accommodation
  • When leave would be considered an accommodation
  • Why undue hardship is rarely a successful defense for denying an accommodation request

Believe us: You don’t want to make these costly and embarrassing gaffes. Find out from a respected EEOC Chief AJ, how to handle reasonable accommodation requests the right way.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by July 20).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made July 21 or later).

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

Aug
27
Thu
Webinar – Understanding Religious Accommodations: How They’re Different from Disability Accommodations
Aug 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Katherine Atkinson

Course Description

 1

Almost everyone knows that individuals with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodation – but did you know that federal employees are also entitled to reasonable accommodation for religious beliefs and practices? There are important distinctions between religious accommodations and those made for individuals with disabilities, and it’s important that you understand those differences. It’ll help you with accommodation requests involving religious clothing and headwear, grooming, proselytizing, religious displays, and work schedules.

Join FELTG for the final session in our five-part Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace webinar series. We will help you to meet these challenging requests in Understanding Religious Accommodations: How They’re Different from Disability Accommodations.

After a review of the relevant law and regulations law that pertain to religious accommodation, the instructor will discuss:

  • What religions qualify for accommodation
  • The definition of “undue hardship” and case examples
  • The most common accommodations for religion
  • Issues related to dress code and grooming
  • What to do when employees request to be excused from performing certain job tasks because of religious reasons

Whether you’re an attorney, EEO program specialist, HR specialist or manager, you’ll want to be sure to join us for this important session.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by July 20).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made July 21 or later).

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

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