FELTG Executive Director Deborah Hopkins instructing a class
Federal Workplace Challenges: Managing Performance, Conduct, Reasonable Accommodation, and Behavioral Health Issues – Honolulu @ Ala Moana Hotel
Jul 7 – Jul 9 all-day

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Performance. Conduct. Reasonable Accommodation. Behavioral Health Issues. Whether you’re a supervisor, or someone who advises them, these are the kind of workplace challenges that make you pause, and doubt yourself. There seems to be more questions than answers:

  • Is attendance really not an essential function of a job?
  • When it comes to disciplinary action for misconduct, do I have to treat all employees the same?
  • Should I hold off putting an employee on an ODAP until he has his upcoming annual rating?
  • What do I do when an employee with bipolar disorder is going through a manic phase?
  • Must I allow an employee to telework as a reasonable accommodation?
  • What am I supposed to do when my employee is on an ODAP?
  • What do I do if I suspect an employee is going to become violent?

The answers aren’t easy because they often require understanding more than just what the law says. Only FELTG training gives you the specific legal, practical, and clinical guidance you need to reply effectively to these and similar challenging situations. Join FELTG in Hawaii for an intensive three-day training and we’ll provide you the the tools and knowledge to better understand how to:

  • Determine the appropriate “disciplinary” action to take in a situation.
  • Deal with employees who have mental and behavioral health issues.
  • Effectively take an unacceptable performance action that will stand up to third party scrutiny.
  • Respond appropriately to the most challenging reasonable accommodation requests.

The program runs 8:30 – 4:00 each day.


Deborah Hopkins, Shana Palmieri

Daily Agenda:


Uncivil Servant: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct: Fundamentals of disciplinary actions and unacceptable performance actions; establishing rules of conduct; proving misconduct; selecting a defensible penalty; providing due process via agency discipline procedures; writing valid performance standards; implementing a Performance Demonstration Period; removing employees for unacceptable performance in 31 days.


Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace: Understanding the ADA Amendments Act and the Rehabilitation Act; the reasonable accommodation process for employees with disabilities; the “regarded as” provision of the ADA; essential functions and the “qualified” individual; undue hardship; telework, modified work scheduled and leave as reasonable accommodation; medical documentation; religious accommodation entitlements and how they differ from disability accommodation.


Handling Behavioral Health Issues and Threats of Violence: Understanding mental impairments and other behavioral health issues; types of mental disabilities and how they may exhibit in the workplace; dealing with suicidal employees; dos and don’ts when working employees who have behavioral health issues; myths and facts about targeted violence in the workplace; individual characteristics that put an employee at higher risk of committing an act of violence; steps to take if someone becomes violent in the workplace; developing and implementing an in-house threat management team to deal with threat assessments; risk management; the best ways to keep employees safe during a crisis.


Early Bird Tuition (registration required by June 23, 2020)

  • 3 days = $1400
  • 2 days = $1000
  • 1 day = $560

Standard Tuition (registrations received June 24-July 9, 2020)

  • 3 days = $1500
  • 2 days = $1!00
  • 1 day = $660


Seminar registration includes a copy of the textbook UnCivil Servant: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct, 5th ed.

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 will not be refunded, and will not be given credit toward another course after the cancellation date on the registration form. No-shows will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses.

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 is taking place at either Camp Foster or Camp Butler. 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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