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FELTG Executive Director Deborah Hopkins instructing a class
Feb
9
Tue
Webinar – Changing Course: Understanding the Biden Executive Orders on Racial Equity, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Course Description

On his first day in office, President Joseph R. Biden made it clear that Federal employees are a priority: He took action to advance racial equity throughout the federal government and strengthen workplace discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A focus of this Administration early on has been to celebrate the diversity of the Federal workforce and to make it an inclusive place for all employees.

Now, it’s up to you.  Executive Orders 13985 and 13988 denote a sense of urgency, and include agency requirements with timelines to perform necessary compliance actions, some as soon as 60 days – and the clock started ticking on January 20.

In this 60-minute webinar, FELTG President and attorney at law Deborah Hopkins will give a thorough explanation of the two first-day executive orders that call upon agencies to review current policies and procedures, and develop plans to “address unequal barriers to opportunity in agency policies and programs.” This webinar will focus on the following Executive Orders, and will also discuss other applicable actions taken by President Biden:

  • Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
  • Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

So where do you start? What do the Executive Orders specifically prescribe? And what’s necessary to meet those requirements? Join us on February 9 to get those answers.

Like all FELTG training events, this webinar will be updated to the minute. You can’t afford to miss it.

Instructor

Deborah Hopkins

Pricing

Early Bird Tuition (price per webinar, payment required by February 1): $255

Standard Tuition (price per webinar, payment made February 2 or later): $285

Remote working? Teleworker lines may be added to a main site registration for $50 per person, 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.

Webinar – Changing Course: Understanding the Biden Executive Order on Labor Relations, Performance, Discipline, and Schedule F
Feb 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

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Course Description

When President Biden signed the Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce, he revoked President Trump’s Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839 and eradicated the Schedule F classification mandated by Executive Order 13957. It’s been decades since the civil service has seen so much change in just one stroke of a pen.

This far-reaching Executive Order has significant impact on labor relations official time, contract negotiation timelines, topics of bargaining, performance and disciplinary actions for non-union employees, clean record settlements, and more.

You might have questions, such as:

  • What does this mean if your CBAs were already renegotiated?
  • Is progressive discipline going to be mandatory now?
  • Do Performance Demonstration Periods have to be longer than 30 days? Can we call them PIPs again?
  • What happens if your agency already sent Schedule F lists to OPM?
  • What will become of the OPM regulations implementing EO 13839
  • What changes if permissive bargaining is now mandatory?

In this 90-minute webinar presented by FELTG President Deborah Hopkins and FELTG Instructor Ann Boehm, you will get answers to those questions and much more. EO 140XX prescribes several specific actions that agencies must take. So where do you start? Join us on February 9 to get those answers.

Like all FELTG training events, this webinar will be updated to the minute. You can’t afford to miss it.

Instructors

Deborah Hopkins

Ann Boehm

Pricing

Early Bird Tuition (price per webinar, payment required by February 1): $295

Standard Tuition (price per webinar, payment made February 2 or later): $325

Remote working? Teleworker lines may be added to a main site registration for $50 per person, 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.

Feb
17
Wed
Webinar – Sex Discrimination, Gender Identity, and LGBTQ+ Protections: A Priority in the Federal Workplace Under Executive Order 13988
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Katherine Atkinson

 

Course Description

 

In his first few hours in the Oval Office, President Joseph R. Biden signed the Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.

In 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that an individual’s sexual orientation or transgender status is covered under Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination. And Biden’s Executive Order makes it clear that enforcing workplace discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity is a priority.

During this 90-minute webinar, Attorney at Law Katherine Atkinson will provide all of the information you need to know to comply with the law and manage this priority. She will review and discuss the latest Supreme Court decisions, define the term and explain the concept of “gender stereotyping” as sex discrimination.

Attendees will learn the details of the Biden Executive Order, as well as:

  • Transgender status and legal protections
  • Actions that have gotten agencies into legal trouble
  • Cases involving LGBTQ status and religion
  • The best practices for agencies to follow

This can be a confusing area of law, so Ms. Atkinson will take breaks during the training to answer your questions. This is an event that you can’t afford to miss.

 

Price

 

Early Bird Tuition (payment required by February 7 ): $270

Standard Tuition (payment made by February 8 or later): $300

Remote working? 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.

Feb
18
Thu
Webinar – Dealing with Medical Issues Under the ADA: Medical Exams and Inquiries
Feb 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Meghan Droste

Course Description

Dealing with medical issues under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) can be a tricky area of federal sector employment law. Join FELTG instructor and attorney at law Meghan Droste for this 90-minute webinar as she discusses the things to do – and not to do – when dealing with employee medical information.

Ms. Droste will begin by covering the basics about requests for employee medical information, and the appropriate way for agencies to collect it, and store it. Se’ll also discuss medical exams, medical documentation requests for reasonable accommodation, direct threat, and the “regarded as” provision of the ADA.

But that’s not all. She’ll also include details about:

  • Conditional offers of employment
  • Segregation of medical records
  • Confidentiality and disclosure

One mistake in requesting or disclosing medical information can lead to major liability. Be sure to join us for this important event to learn how to protect your agency. You really can’t afford to miss it!

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Price

Early Bird Tuition (payment required by February 8): $270

Standard Tuition (payment made by February 9 or later): $300

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

Feb
25
Thu
Webinar – Why, How and When to Avoid Whistleblower Reprisal
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Bob Woods

Program Description

We’ve been hearing an awful lot about whistleblowers and “leakers” over the last couple of years. If you’re basing your knowledge and actions on the way those high-profile whistleblower cases have worked out, you may find yourself in major trouble. Reprisal against a whistleblower is absolutely illegal, despite what you might think. Over the course of 60 minutes, Attorney and FELTG instructor Bob Woods will share everything you need to know about whistleblower reprisal – the standards, burdens of proof, and actions that constitute reprisal. Plus, he’ll discuss how to defend your agency against the inevitable whistleblower reprisal allegation.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Handle whistleblower disclosures that turn out to be false.
  • Recognize what constitutes whistleblower reprisal, and how to avoid it.
  • Discipline a whistleblower for misconduct unrelated to whistleblowing.

 

Price

Early Bird Tuition (payment required by February 15): $240

Standard Tuition (payment made by February 16 or later): $270

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

Mar
4
Thu
Webinar – Addressing Age Discrimination in the Federal Workplace
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Meghan Droste

Course Description

A reference to dinosaurs, a joke about retirement, or a snide “OK Boomer” – nothing wrong with that if it’s just in fun, right?  Wrong! And if you think those are the only actions that’ll lead to an age discrimination claim, you’re wrong again.

Join Attorney and FELTG Instructor Meghan Droste for a 60-minute discussion on age discrimination in the federal workplace to learn you can and can’t say or do when it relates to an employee’s age. Ms. Droste will cover everything from hiring to promotion, and hostile work environment to performance appraisals, as well as the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the DVA case Babb v. Wilkie and what it means for cases going forward. As the federal workforce ages and older employees continue to be the most susceptible to the coronavirus, this is a conversation you cannot afford to miss.

This is the first of four webinars in the Navigating Challenges in the EEO Process series.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Understand the various theories of age discrimination in the federal workplace.
  • Identify the types of conduct that give rise to age discrimination claims.
  • Know the dos and don’ts when discussing age-related topics in the workplace including retirement, OWBPA, and more.

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Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per webinar (payment required by February 23)
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per webinar (payments by February 24)

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

Webinar Series – Navigating Challenges in the EEO Process
Mar 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. Why should know the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Babb v. Wilkie? What are steps you can take to avoid an age discrimination claim? What’s the difference between serious health condition and an ADA disability? And what happens if you confuse the two? How do you determine whether a job task is an essential function? How do you define a “prompt and effective” response to a complaint?

We’ll answer these questions and more over the course of four 60-minute webinars, held the first Thursday of the month. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by February 23).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made February 24 or later).
  • Register for all four webinars by February 23 and pay only $910!

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

Apr
1
Thu
Webinar – When the ADA and FMLA Collide
Apr 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Barbara Haga

Course Description

Navigating the FMLA is one of the most complex challenges a federal agency can face unless, of course, it is navigating the ADA at the same time. What’s the difference between a serious health condition and an ADA disability? Does the FMLA limit on leave apply to a reasonable accommodation of leave? This 60-minute webinar will compare and contrast coverage under the FMLA and coverage under the ADA, discuss the tricky role of medical documentation, and review leave under the FMLA and as a reasonable accommodation.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify areas and situations in which the ADA and FMLA intersect
  • Determine whether a condition is covered by the ADA, FMLA, or both.
  • Assess when leave is an appropriate accommodation.

This is the second of four webinars in FELTG’s 2021 Navigating Challenges in the EEO Process series.

EEO Refresher Hours: 1

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per webinar (payment required by February 23)
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per webinar (payments made by February 24)

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

Webinar Series – Navigating Challenges in the EEO Process
Apr 1 @ 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. Why should know the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Babb v. Wilkie? What are steps you can take to avoid an age discrimination claim? What’s the difference between serious health condition and an ADA disability? And what happens if you confuse the two? How do you determine whether a job task is an essential function? How do you define a “prompt and effective” response to a complaint?

We’ll answer these questions and more over the course of four 60-minute webinars, held the first Thursday of the month. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by February 23).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made February 24 or later).
  • Register for all four webinars by February 23 and pay only $910!

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

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

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Instructor

Katherine Atkinson

Course Description

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. 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

This is the third of four webinars in FELTG’s 2021 Navigating Challenges in the EEO Process series.

EEO Refresher Hours: 1

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per webinar (payment required by February 23)
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per webinar (payments made February 24)

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

Webinar Series – Navigating Challenges in the EEO Process
May 6 @ 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. Why should know the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Babb v. Wilkie? What are steps you can take to avoid an age discrimination claim? What’s the difference between serious health condition and an ADA disability? And what happens if you confuse the two? How do you determine whether a job task is an essential function? How do you define a “prompt and effective” response to a complaint?

We’ll answer these questions and more over the course of four 60-minute webinars, held the first Thursday of the month. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by February 23).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made February 24 or later).
  • Register for all four webinars by February 23 and pay only $910!

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

Jun
3
Thu
Webinar Series – Navigating Challenges in the EEO Process
Jun 3 @ 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. Why should know the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Babb v. Wilkie? What are steps you can take to avoid an age discrimination claim? What’s the difference between serious health condition and an ADA disability? And what happens if you confuse the two? How do you determine whether a job task is an essential function? How do you define a “prompt and effective” response to a complaint?

We’ll answer these questions and more over the course of four 60-minute webinars, held the first Thursday of the month. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site, per session (payment made by February 23).
  • Standard Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made February 24 or later).
  • Register for all four webinars by February 23 and pay only $910!

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

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