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FELTG Executive Director Deborah Hopkins instructing a class
Feb
3
Thu
Webinar – Deconstructing FMLA: Entitlement, Notice, and Medical Certification
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 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 and the addition of Paid Parental Leave (PPL) has further complicated matters. Let Federal leave expert Barbara Haga  break it all down for you. During this 90-minute webinar, Ms. Haga will explain entitlements, notice requirements, medical certifications and how to hold employees accountable for conduct and performance matters when FMLA leave is involved.

Attendees will work through scenarios to learn how and when to grant FMLA. And there will be several opportunities to ask questions.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Manage substitution of paid leave (including PPL) in place of unpaid FMLA leave.
  • Decide what to do when medical documentation is insufficient.
  • Identify covered serious health conditions.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $295 per site (payment required by January 21)
  • Standard Tuition: $325 per site (payments made January 22 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.

Feb
24
Thu
Winning EEO Cases Through Summary Judgment
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Katherine Atkinson

Program Description

Unlike the MSPB, the EEOC allows parties to file motions for summary judgment, potentially eliminating the need for a time-consuming, expensive, and risky hearing. Yet, many agencies fail to take advantage of this opportunity. During this 60-minute webinar, FELTG Instructor Ann Boehm will explain the the importance of the Report of Investigation and thorough discovery, the benefits of motions for for summary judgment (MSJs), and what to include in the MSJ to best represent your client and case.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify when to file a motion for summary judgment
  • Organize for the motion
  • Draft an effective motion that withstand third-party scrutiny

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $270 per site, per webinar (payment required by February 11)
  • Standard Tuition: $295 per site, per webinar (payments made February 12 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.

Mar
3
Thu
Webinar – High Times and Misdemeanors: Weed and the Workplace
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Deborah Hopkins

Program Description

Recreational marijuana is legal in over a dozen states and the District of Columbia, and its use for medical purposes is now legal in 30-plus states. What does that mean for Federal workers in those locations? Could their careers still go up in smoke for a “legal” activity? Are you required to accommodate an employee’s medically certified marijuana usage? What should you do if the Federal employee is married to someone who legally grows marijuana? Should you overlook an employee’s suspected marijuana usage because it makes him more pleasant to work with?

FELTG President Deborah Hopkins will review the laws that apply to Federal employees and share the most effective approach to managing and/or disciplining employees when their drug usage seeps into the workplace.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Craft the right charge when disciplining an employee for marijuana usage.
  • Determine when it’s appropriate to require an employee to take a drug test.
  • Handle an employee who has lied about previous marijuana usage.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $270 per site (payment required by February 16)
  • Standard Tuition: $295 per site (payments made February 17 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.

Mar
17
Thu
Webinar – The Present and Future of the ‘Covered-by Doctrine’ in Federal Labor Relations
Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Joseph Schimansky

Course Description

It’s no secret that the FLRA Chair and the two other members of the Authority rarely see eye-to-eye. That was especially evident in a late 2021 decision that revealed widely differing opinions about the future of the covered-by doctrine. In this 60-minute webinar, Joseph Schimansky will explain the covered-by doctrine: what it is, and how it’s determined, plus the details of the Authority’s disagreement, and what it means to you as a labor relations practitioner or union representative. Plus, you’ll have a chance to ask your questions and get answers in real time.

With the ever-changing nature of Federal LR and the prospect of the Authority soon shifting from a Republican majority to a Democratic majority, you won’t want to miss this event.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $270 per site, per webinar (payment required by March 7)
  • Standard Tuition: $295 per site, per webinar (payments made March 8 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.

Mar
24
Thu
Webinar – Damages and Remedies in Federal Sector EEO Cases
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Bob Woods

Course Description

A principle rule in findings of discrimination is to, as nearly as possible, place the victim in the position that person would have occupied but for the discrimination. This is easier said than done, because there’s no way to undo the harm caused by illegal employment discrimination.

Even still, damages and remedies is a topic that every EEO practitioner needs to understand, whether they’re preparing for hearing or negotiating a settlement. Bob Woods, attorney and FELTG instructor, will cover:

  • Past and future pecuniary damages
  • Non pecuniary damages
  • Compensatory damages awards, and how the level of harm is directly related to the cap on damages!

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $270 per site, per webinar (payment required by March 9)
  • Standard Tuition: $295 per site, per webinar (payments made March 10 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.

Apr
7
Thu
Webinar – Tools for Accountability, Part I: Effective Performance Plans
Apr 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Barbara Haga

Course Description

There is a lot of confusion about where the authority comes from to hold employees accountable for many things related to their positions. Well, it all starts with the position description. The PD not only identifies the major duties and responsibilities, but also describes the conditions under which that work is performed.

Having an up-to-date and accurate position description is important. They are not necessarily fun to write, but they are the underpinning for multiple issues supervisors have to deal with. In this first of two Tools for Accountability webinars, FELTG senior instructor Barbara Haga will explain how to ensure your PDs are well-written and up-to-date, and how those PDs can help help you deal with situations where employees fail to the meet their requirements.

Learning takeaways

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify the necessary requirements, such as security clearance or certifications, that must be included.
  • Use the position description as the first step of the interview process.
  • Ensure that employees’ PDs are up to date.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $295 per site, per webinar (payment required by March 28)
  • Standard Tuition: $335 per site, per webinar (payments made March 29 or later)

Register for both webinars by March 28 and pay only $570!

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $50 per teleworker, per webinar, 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.

Apr
14
Thu
Webinar – Tools for Accountability, Part II: Position Descriptions, Medical Requirements, and Other Must Haves
Apr 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Barbara Haga

Course Description

There is a lot of confusion about where the authority comes from to hold employees accountable for many things related to their positions, such as work rules for proper use of credit cards and completing mandatory training, or successful performance of the key functions of their jobs. In this second part of the Tools for Accountability series, FELTG Senior Instructor Barbara Haga will explain how to maximize the effectiveness of the tools management can employ to deal with situations, when employees fail to meet those requirements.

Learning takeaways

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Implement conduct standards that cover the full gamut of expectations that employees must meet.
  • Develop effective and workable performance plans to accurately capture how well employees perform.
  • Establish conditions of employment and taking action when they are not met.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $295 per site, per webinar (payment required by March 28)
  • Standard Tuition: $335 per site, per webinar (payments made March 29 or later)

Register for both webinars by March 28 and pay only $570!

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $50 per teleworker, per webinar, 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.

Apr
21
Thu
Webinar – Reasonable Accommodation: The Mistakes Agencies Make
Apr 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Katherine Atkinson

Course Description

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 the supervisor’s responsibility to determine if the individual is really disabled? Have you reached out to an employee’s doctor to find out more about his disability? If so, we have one word for you: Uh-oh.

Oftentimes the best way to learn is by making mistakes. But not when it comes to reasonable accommodation law. Instead, learn from the costly and embarrassing blunders that other agencies have already made. Attorney Katherine Atkinson will review recent EEO cases to share these mistakes so you know how to avoid them.

During this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • What steps to take when an employee informs you of his or her disability
  • How to determine if telework would be an effective accommodation
  • When leave would be considered an accommodation
  • Whether long-term telework during the pandemic affects an agency’s processing of telework accommodation requests
  • Why undue hardship is rarely a successful defense for denying an accommodation request

Learn how to handle reasonable accommodation requests with confidence.

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

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $270 per site, per session (payment made by April 5).
  • Standard Tuition: $295 per site, per session (payment made April 6 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.

May
5
Thu
Webinar – Charges and Penalties in Disciplinary Cases under the New MSPB
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Deborah Hopkins

Program Description

If you’ve been in the business for more than a few days, you know the importance of drafting legally-sufficient disciplinary charges, and making a reasonable penalty determination. Yet many agencies still lose cases because of poorly drafted charges. This session will cover the art and science behind drafting disciplinary charges, including the types of charges, parts of a charge, how charges are interpreted, and alternative charges. From there the discussion will cover the factors required to determine an appropriate penalty for employee misconduct.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Discuss the MSPB and Federal Circuit lead cases involving penalty determination.
  • Defend the penalty using the Douglas Factors – or related penalty defense factors.
  • Draft effective proposal and decision letters.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $270 per site (payment required by April 20)
  • Standard Tuition: $295 per site (payments made April 21 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.

May
19
Thu
Webinar – The Changing Nature of Hostile Work Environment Claims
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Katherine Atkinson

Course Description

Unfortunately, the Federal workplace is not immune to reprehensible harassing behavior. As the pandemic raged and employees remained home, many thought that hostile work environment incidents would wane, yet the targets of hostile work environment merely expanded and changed. More harassment was aimed at Asian American and Pacific Islanders and LGBTQ employees, and harassment took more virtual forms including email and social media. Katherine Atkinson will discuss in clear terms the law on hostile work environment claims, amid the changing nature of the harassing behavior.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Determine when an agency could be held liable for hostile work environment.
  • Raise awareness to prevent harassment from taking place.
  • Take prompt and effective corrective action when harassment is alleged.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $270 per site, per webinar (payment required by May 4)
  • Standard Tuition: $295 per site, per webinar (payments made May 5 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.

Jun
7
Tue
Webinar – Got Nexus? Accountability for Off-duty Conduct
Jun 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Bob Woods

Course Description

The borderline between on-duty and off-duty became blurred as of late with the omnipresence of social and media and many employees working from home. Yet, one thing has remained clear and constant: If you’re going to discipline someone for what they do on their own time, you need to show a nexus between the employee’s actions and their Federal job. FELTG Instructor Robert Woods will help you untangle your most challenging off-duty misconduct scenarios and illustrate the situations where the conduct is so egregious as to create a rebuttable presumption of nexus.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Demonstrate nexus between the off-duty conduct and the efficiency of the service.
  • Understand how Douglas Factor Eight: Notoriety and Agency Reputation can create nexus.
  • Select an effective and defensible penalty for off-duty conduct.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $270 per site, per webinar (payment required by May 27)
  • Standard Tuition: $295 per site, per webinar (payments made May 28 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.

Jun
23
Thu
Webinar – Federal Labor-Management Relations: Working Together to ‘Safeguard Public Interest’
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Ann Boehm

Course Description

Did you know that the Federal labor statute says collective bargaining “safeguards the public interest,” “contributes to the effective conduct of public business,” and “facilitates and encourages the amicable settlement of disputes between employees and their employers”? If this is the case, why are labor-management relations perpetually adversarial? Are agencies and unions working together or against each other?  How can both sides get along better, as Congress intended?

This webinar will explore strategies agencies and unions can employ to fulfill their mutual obligations to the public.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $270 per site, per webinar (payment required by June 13)
  • Standard Tuition: $295 per site, per webinar (payments made June 14 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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