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FELTG Executive Director Deborah Hopkins instructing a class
Jul
26
Thu
Webinar Series – Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructors

Deborah Hopkins, Katherine Atkinson, Meghan Droste

Course Description

FELTG proudly presents this four-part series on reasonable accommodation in the federal workplace.

Click on any event for a full description.

 6 (1.5 per webinar)

Session 1: Reasonable Accommodation: The Law, the Challenges, & Solutions for Agencies (July 19)

Session 2: Reasonable Accommodation: A Focus on Qualified Individuals, Essential Functions, & Undue Hardship (July 26)

Session 3: Telework and Flexible Work Schedules as Reasonable Accommodation (August 2)

Session 4: Understanding Religious Accommodation: How it’s Different from Disability Accommodation (August 9)

Price

  • $270 per site, per session.
  • Series discount: Register for all four webinars by July 13 and pay only $990!

  • Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each teleworker, each webinar, on a space-available basis.
Aug
2
Thu
Webinar – Telework and Flexible Work Schedules as Reasonable Accommodation
Aug 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Deborah Hopkins

Course Description

 1.5

The law requires federal agencies to engage in the interactive process when assessing reasonable accommodations for employees who have disabilities. In 2018, telework and modified work schedules are among 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 in to question. What should you do in those situations?

Join FELTG Executive Director 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
  • Why accommodations are always the agency’s choice
  • Alternative approaches to providing telework, leave and modified work schedules as accommodation
  • The undue hardship analysis
  • What the EEOC says about accommodating an employee’s commute

Oftentimes 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 and 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

$270 per site

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each, if space is available.

Webinar Series – Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace
Aug 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructors

Deborah Hopkins, Katherine Atkinson, Meghan Droste

Course Description

FELTG proudly presents this four-part series on reasonable accommodation in the federal workplace.

Click on any event for a full description.

 6 (1.5 per webinar)

Session 1: Reasonable Accommodation: The Law, the Challenges, & Solutions for Agencies (July 19)

Session 2: Reasonable Accommodation: A Focus on Qualified Individuals, Essential Functions, & Undue Hardship (July 26)

Session 3: Telework and Flexible Work Schedules as Reasonable Accommodation (August 2)

Session 4: Understanding Religious Accommodation: How it’s Different from Disability Accommodation (August 9)

Price

  • $270 per site, per session.
  • Series discount: Register for all four webinars by July 13 and pay only $990!

  • Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each teleworker, each webinar, on a space-available basis.
Aug
7
Tue
Webinar Series – Supervising Federal Employees: Important Tools for Managers and Advisers
Aug 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructors

William Wiley, Deborah HopkinsBarbara Haga, Anthony Marchese.

Course Description

Back by popular demand, and expanded to include new topics in 2018! Join FELTG for the most comprehensive supervisory training event available anywhere. Supervising Federal Employees: Important Tools for Managers and Advisers, a 13-part webinar training series (with a bonus session for those who supervise unionized employees), is targeted specifically to the issues and challenges faced by supervisors in agencies across the country, and around the world.

These 60-minute sessions, held every other Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. eastern time, will expand upon legal principles to provide federal supervisors with the necessary tools and best practices they need to manage the agency workplace effectively and efficiently. Plus, they’ll have a chance to ask questions and get answers – in real time.

As a special bonus, the first six modules fulfill OPM’s mandatory training requirements for new supervisors found at 5 CFR 412.202(b).

2018 dates:

March 6: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct: The Foundation: The distinction between performance and conduct; an overview on holding employees accountable; setting the stage for discipline.

March 20: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part I: The five elements of discipline in the federal government; documentation supervisors need to succeed in a disciplinary action.

April 3: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part II: Disciplinary procedures: reprimand, suspension, termination; appeals process; agency liability.

April 17: Preparing an Unacceptable Performance Case: Performance in a nutshell; preparing a performance case; proof and evidence standards.

May 1: Dealing with Poor Performing Employees: Managing the PIP; proposed removal letters; unacceptable performance documents.

May 15: Mentoring a Multigenerational Workforce: What OPM says about mentorship; mentorship styles; formal and informal mentorship; pilot mentorship programs; best practices for leadership; handling difficult employee types.

May 29: Tackling Leave Issues I: Handling the leave issues most common in the federal government: annual leave, sick leave, leave transfer.

June 12: Tackling Leave Issues II: Handling more complicated leave scenarios: FMLA, LWOP, administrative leave, AWOL.

June 26: Writing Effective Performance Plans: Performance management; understanding the system; defining elements and standards; creating the performance plan.

July 10: Disability Accommodation in 60 Minutes: Defining a disability; requests for accommodation; the interactive process; accommodations of choice; undue hardship.

July 24: Intentional EEO Discrimination: What supervisors should know about EEO discrimination; discrete acts of discrimination; selection and promotion cases; defending against claims of intentional discrimination.

August 7: Combating Against Hostile Work Environment Harassment Claims: The elements of a hostile work environment; liability in hostile work environment claims; tangible employment actions; harassment v. bullying; supervisor responsibilities in harassment claims; agency defenses.

August 21: EEO Reprisal: Handle It, Don’t Fear It: How reprisal is different than other EEO claims; what the complainant must show to establish reprisal; how a supervisor can defend against reprisal claims; what to do and what not to do when an employee engages in protected EEO activity.

September 4: Supervising in a Unionized Environment: The right to be bargained with; forming a union; employee and union rights; ULPs.

Price

  • $220 per site, per session.
  • Teleworkers may be added to a primary site registration for $25 each, per session, on a space-available basis.
  • Special series discounts available through March 1. See registration form for details.
Aug
9
Thu
Webinar – Understanding Religious Accommodation: How it’s Different from Disability Accommodation
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Meghan Droste

Course Description

 1.5

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? Not everyone realizes this; in 2017 a company in West Virginia was ordered to pay out damages of nearly $600,000 for not taking an employee’s religious accommodation request seriously.

The law requiring religious accommodation is different than the law for disability accommodation, and it’s important you know the distinctions. Join FELTG for the final session in the Four-Part Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace webinar series, where Attorney at Law Meghan Droste helps in your goal of Understanding Religious Accommodation: How it’s Different from Disability Accommodation.

After a review of the relevant law and regulations law that pertain to religious accommodation, Ms Droste 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

$270 per site

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each, if space is available.

Webinar Series – Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructors

Deborah Hopkins, Katherine Atkinson, Meghan Droste

Course Description

FELTG proudly presents this four-part series on reasonable accommodation in the federal workplace.

Click on any event for a full description.

 6 (1.5 per webinar)

Session 1: Reasonable Accommodation: The Law, the Challenges, & Solutions for Agencies (July 19)

Session 2: Reasonable Accommodation: A Focus on Qualified Individuals, Essential Functions, & Undue Hardship (July 26)

Session 3: Telework and Flexible Work Schedules as Reasonable Accommodation (August 2)

Session 4: Understanding Religious Accommodation: How it’s Different from Disability Accommodation (August 9)

Price

  • $270 per site, per session.
  • Series discount: Register for all four webinars by July 13 and pay only $990!

  • Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each teleworker, each webinar, on a space-available basis.
Aug
21
Tue
Webinar Series – Supervising Federal Employees: Important Tools for Managers and Advisers
Aug 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructors

William Wiley, Deborah HopkinsBarbara Haga, Anthony Marchese.

Course Description

Back by popular demand, and expanded to include new topics in 2018! Join FELTG for the most comprehensive supervisory training event available anywhere. Supervising Federal Employees: Important Tools for Managers and Advisers, a 13-part webinar training series (with a bonus session for those who supervise unionized employees), is targeted specifically to the issues and challenges faced by supervisors in agencies across the country, and around the world.

These 60-minute sessions, held every other Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. eastern time, will expand upon legal principles to provide federal supervisors with the necessary tools and best practices they need to manage the agency workplace effectively and efficiently. Plus, they’ll have a chance to ask questions and get answers – in real time.

As a special bonus, the first six modules fulfill OPM’s mandatory training requirements for new supervisors found at 5 CFR 412.202(b).

2018 dates:

March 6: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct: The Foundation: The distinction between performance and conduct; an overview on holding employees accountable; setting the stage for discipline.

March 20: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part I: The five elements of discipline in the federal government; documentation supervisors need to succeed in a disciplinary action.

April 3: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part II: Disciplinary procedures: reprimand, suspension, termination; appeals process; agency liability.

April 17: Preparing an Unacceptable Performance Case: Performance in a nutshell; preparing a performance case; proof and evidence standards.

May 1: Dealing with Poor Performing Employees: Managing the PIP; proposed removal letters; unacceptable performance documents.

May 15: Mentoring a Multigenerational Workforce: What OPM says about mentorship; mentorship styles; formal and informal mentorship; pilot mentorship programs; best practices for leadership; handling difficult employee types.

May 29: Tackling Leave Issues I: Handling the leave issues most common in the federal government: annual leave, sick leave, leave transfer.

June 12: Tackling Leave Issues II: Handling more complicated leave scenarios: FMLA, LWOP, administrative leave, AWOL.

June 26: Writing Effective Performance Plans: Performance management; understanding the system; defining elements and standards; creating the performance plan.

July 10: Disability Accommodation in 60 Minutes: Defining a disability; requests for accommodation; the interactive process; accommodations of choice; undue hardship.

July 24: Intentional EEO Discrimination: What supervisors should know about EEO discrimination; discrete acts of discrimination; selection and promotion cases; defending against claims of intentional discrimination.

August 7: Combating Against Hostile Work Environment Harassment Claims: The elements of a hostile work environment; liability in hostile work environment claims; tangible employment actions; harassment v. bullying; supervisor responsibilities in harassment claims; agency defenses.

August 21: EEO Reprisal: Handle It, Don’t Fear It: How reprisal is different than other EEO claims; what the complainant must show to establish reprisal; how a supervisor can defend against reprisal claims; what to do and what not to do when an employee engages in protected EEO activity.

September 4: Supervising in a Unionized Environment: The right to be bargained with; forming a union; employee and union rights; ULPs.

Price

  • $220 per site, per session.
  • Teleworkers may be added to a primary site registration for $25 each, per session, on a space-available basis.
  • Special series discounts available through March 1. See registration form for details.
Aug
30
Thu
Webinar – Threats of Violence in the Workplace: Assessing Risk and Taking Action
Aug 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Shana Palmieri

Course Description

We see it every single week – a disgruntled employee, customer, or someone who is upset with an employee goes in to a workplace with a weapon, and kills innocent people. What should you do if someone threatens violence in your federal agency? How can you best prepare yourself to protect the lives of those around you? Are there risk factors that might give you an indication of when someone will become violent?

This topic is too important to ignore, so join FELTG for the webinar Threats of Violence in the Workplace: Assessing Risk and Taking Action. This program will be instructed by Shana Palmieri, FELTG instructor and LCSW who specializes in mental health and handled the psychiatric aftermath of the Navy Yard shooting in 2013.

The session is focused on the practical issues that agencies encounter when dealing with an employee whose behavior poses a risk to workplace safety. Discussion points include:

  • Warning signs that violence may be imminent, and dynamic risk and protective factors for workplace targeted violence
  • Equipping Threat Management Teams to respond to threats or violent acts
  • Understanding the behavioral health issues that contribute to violent behavior – and those that don’t
  • Preparing for domestic or intimate partner violence and its interplay with the federal workplace

The webinar will also include time for Q & A on these topics. This is a session you truly can’t afford to miss, so register your site today.

Price

$225 per site

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each, on a space-available basis.

Sep
4
Tue
Webinar Series – Supervising Federal Employees: Important Tools for Managers and Advisers
Sep 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructors

William Wiley, Deborah HopkinsBarbara Haga, Anthony Marchese.

Course Description

Back by popular demand, and expanded to include new topics in 2018! Join FELTG for the most comprehensive supervisory training event available anywhere. Supervising Federal Employees: Important Tools for Managers and Advisers, a 13-part webinar training series (with a bonus session for those who supervise unionized employees), is targeted specifically to the issues and challenges faced by supervisors in agencies across the country, and around the world.

These 60-minute sessions, held every other Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. eastern time, will expand upon legal principles to provide federal supervisors with the necessary tools and best practices they need to manage the agency workplace effectively and efficiently. Plus, they’ll have a chance to ask questions and get answers – in real time.

As a special bonus, the first six modules fulfill OPM’s mandatory training requirements for new supervisors found at 5 CFR 412.202(b).

2018 dates:

March 6: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct: The Foundation: The distinction between performance and conduct; an overview on holding employees accountable; setting the stage for discipline.

March 20: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part I: The five elements of discipline in the federal government; documentation supervisors need to succeed in a disciplinary action.

April 3: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part II: Disciplinary procedures: reprimand, suspension, termination; appeals process; agency liability.

April 17: Preparing an Unacceptable Performance Case: Performance in a nutshell; preparing a performance case; proof and evidence standards.

May 1: Dealing with Poor Performing Employees: Managing the PIP; proposed removal letters; unacceptable performance documents.

May 15: Mentoring a Multigenerational Workforce: What OPM says about mentorship; mentorship styles; formal and informal mentorship; pilot mentorship programs; best practices for leadership; handling difficult employee types.

May 29: Tackling Leave Issues I: Handling the leave issues most common in the federal government: annual leave, sick leave, leave transfer.

June 12: Tackling Leave Issues II: Handling more complicated leave scenarios: FMLA, LWOP, administrative leave, AWOL.

June 26: Writing Effective Performance Plans: Performance management; understanding the system; defining elements and standards; creating the performance plan.

July 10: Disability Accommodation in 60 Minutes: Defining a disability; requests for accommodation; the interactive process; accommodations of choice; undue hardship.

July 24: Intentional EEO Discrimination: What supervisors should know about EEO discrimination; discrete acts of discrimination; selection and promotion cases; defending against claims of intentional discrimination.

August 7: Combating Against Hostile Work Environment Harassment Claims: The elements of a hostile work environment; liability in hostile work environment claims; tangible employment actions; harassment v. bullying; supervisor responsibilities in harassment claims; agency defenses.

August 21: EEO Reprisal: Handle It, Don’t Fear It: How reprisal is different than other EEO claims; what the complainant must show to establish reprisal; how a supervisor can defend against reprisal claims; what to do and what not to do when an employee engages in protected EEO activity.

September 4: Supervising in a Unionized Environment: The right to be bargained with; forming a union; employee and union rights; ULPs.

Price

  • $220 per site, per session.
  • Teleworkers may be added to a primary site registration for $25 each, per session, on a space-available basis.
  • Special series discounts available through March 1. See registration form for details.
Sep
6
Thu
Webinar – Creating Effective Performance Plans: Setting Measurable Expectations
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Barbara Haga

Course Description

OMB Directive M-17-22, the Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce, requires agencies to eliminate unnecessary barriers to addressing poor performance contained in agency policies.

That starts with your performance plans!

Join FELTG for a 90-minute webinar with instructor Barbara Haga, who will give you the tools you need to analyze your existing performance plans, and make modifications to help managers set measurable expectations of employee performance that will survive third-party review.

Topics covered include:

  • How to make sure your standards meet the legal requirements of specific and clear, measurable, and attainable
  • How to create standards for subjective critical elements
  • How to eliminate unacceptable performance requirements that are not based on law/regulation (and that waste your valuable time!)

The session will include time for Q & A with a premier instructor in the field. Whether you’re in HR or are a supervisor who is looking to make your performance plans better, you’ll want to be sure to join us. Register today!

Price

$270 per site

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each, if space is available.

Sep
17
Mon
Webinar – The Court Speaks: How a District Court Decision Impacts the May 25 Executive Orders
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

William Wiley

Course Description

You’ve probably heard about the new Executive Orders, issued May 25, that significantly changed the civil service protections that have been in place for nearly four decades. You’ve probably also heard about the federal court decision on August 24, issued by D.C. District Court Judge Ketanji Jackson, that declared several provisions of those Executive Orders to be invalid.

So, as of today, what exactly are agencies and unions required to do under these Executive Orders, and what are they no longer allowed to do? The times are changing so fast, it can be a real challenge to keep up with the world of federal employment and labor law. But don’t worry, FELTG is here to help. Join William Wiley, attorney at law, on September 17 for a 60-minute discussion about the most important takeaways from this 120+ page legal decision.

Topics include:

  • What the court said about agencies imposing a 25 percent cap on the use of official time, and the status of taxpayer-funded union time
  • Whether agencies are allowed to charge union to rent space and equipment
  • Whether union employees are allowed to take performance ratings or removals before an arbitrator
  • Whether the court agreed that 30-day PIPs can be imposed on all agency employees
  • The brand-new, never-seen-before requirement for “flexibility” in bargaining
  • And much more!

You won’t want to miss this session. Register your site today.

Price

$225 per site

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each, on a space-available basis.

Sep
20
Thu
Webinar – Disciplining Leakers and Whistleblowers: What’s Legal and What’s a Bad Idea
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

William Wiley

Course Description

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve probably heard, “Fire the leakers” once or twice.

Listen up, folks: sometimes a “leaker” is an employee who engages in misconduct, and other times a “leaker” is a “whistleblower.” So when you hear that someone is firing “leakers,” keep in mind that there are good leakers and there are bad leakers, according to the law. Good leakers are whistleblowers who cannot be disciplined; bad leakers are civil servants who disclose information prohibited from disclosure by law and who can be fired. Do you know the difference? If not, you’d better learn quickly – and that’s what FELTG is here for.

Congress has provided whistleblowers with the highest level of protection from reprisal for disclosures of waste, fraud or abuse in the government. Join FELTG President William Wiley in September for a 90-minute webinar on this topic. After providing the statutory basis and explaining the civil service protections of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, he will discuss:

  • The categories of protected disclosures
  • How to handle disclosures that turn out to be false
  • The appropriate avenues of protected disclosure
  • What constitutes whistleblower reprisal – and how to avoid it
  • How to know when you can discipline a leaker
  • Evidence needed to discipline a whistleblower for misconduct unrelated to whistleblowing

You won’t want to miss this important session – and we’ll take all the questions you have on the topic. Register your site today.

Price

$270 per site

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each, on a space-available basis.

Oct
4
Thu
Webinar – Managing the Suicidal Employee in the Federal Workplace
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructors

Shana Palmieri

Course Description

  • Did you know there were 291 suicides in the workplace in 2016?
  • Did you know that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, and killed over 45,000 people in 2016?
  • Did you know that over the past 10 years there has been a 35% increase in the suicide rate in the U.S.?

As the suicide rates rise, the impact is becoming more severe on the workplace; learning how to correctly manage an employee’s suicidal crisis and ideations is increasingly important. Knowing what to do, and when, might save an employee’s life.

It is pertinent for federal agencies to have an understanding of the signs and symptoms an employee may demonstrate that indicates the need for professional help if that employee is suffering with suicidal thoughts.

Join FELTG for this webinar, where instructor Shana Palmieri, LCSW, will discuss:

  • An overview of suicide and suicidal ideation in the United States and in the workplace
  • A clinical overview of the signs and symptoms of suicide that indicate the need for professional intervention
  • Effective communication strategies for talking about suicide with employees
  • Practical recommendations for handing a suicidal crisis in the workplace

The webinar will also include time for Q & A on these topics. This is a session you truly can’t afford to miss, so register your site today.

Price

$270 per site

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each, on a space-available basis.

Oct
25
Thu
Webinar – Think Before You Ask: Medical Exams & Inquiries and Medical Documentation Requests in the Federal Government
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Meghan Droste

Course Description

 1.5

Have you ever opened up a file to look at an employee’s discipline history, only to come across medical information that may or may not be related to the conduct at issue?

Do you know who in your agency is responsible for collecting medical information from healthcare providers in reasonable accommodation cases?

How much information should supervisors be told about their employees’ health conditions?

These are tough questions, and knowing the answers will help ensure you comply with the strict laws on requesting and storing medical documentation in the federal workplace. Join FELTG instructor Meghan Droste, attorney at law, for this 90-minute webinar on a topic we deal with in both the HR and EEO setting. After a brief discussion on applicable law, Ms Droste will cover:

  • How the ADAAA and GINA impact the collection of medical information,
  • Pre- and post-employment medical exams and inquiries,
  • Conditional employment offers and related medical information,
  • Who should gather the information – and who should not, and
  • How much detail supervisors need in medical accommodation cases.

This is an area where innocent release of medical information can be expensive – and is an automatic loser even if there was no harm done to the employee. Register now!

Price

$270 per site.

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each, on a space-available basis.

Nov
8
Thu
Webinar – Significant Federal Sector Updates: Recent Cases and Developments from the EEOC, FLRA and MSPB
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructors

William Wiley, Deborah Hopkins

Course Description

 1

It’s that time of year again! And boy, do we have some new material, with the new executive orders on accountability and labor relations, plus several much-anticipated FLRA decisions bringing clarity to questions we’ve had for years.

Twice a year we update you with what’s new from the MSPB, EEOC and FLRA, and this one looks to be better than ever.

Join FELTG attorneys William Wiley and Deborah Hopkins as they combine forces for a fast-paced discussion on the most surprising, significant and groundbreaking recent decisions and trends from the MSPB, EEOC and FLRA. If you’ve attended a past edition, you know this is not your standard [“boring”] case law update, but an editorial discussion that not only informs you about current cases, but explains how they impact your daily work whether you’re a lawyer, or an HR, ER, LR or EEO practitioner.

Bill and Deb will share where we’ve been and where we’re headed with the trends and regulations that influence your workplace and the way issues are litigated in your agency or union. Plus, ask your questions and get answers in real time.

We’d love to tell you now about the cases and regulations that will be discussed, but that’s entirely up to the MSPB, EEOC and FLRA. Stay tuned!

Price

$270 per site

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each, on a space-available basis.

Nov
15
Thu
Webinar – Sex Discrimination in the Federal Government: Gender Identity, LGBTQI Status, and Sexual Orientation Cases
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Meghan Droste

Course Description

 1.5

There’s a lot of discussion these days about whether or not employees can legally be fired for being LGBTQ+. In fact, the EEOC says sexual orientation and gender identity is protected under Title VII, but the DoJ says just the opposite. It’s quite a conflict between two relatively independent federal agencies, so what does it all mean for the federal workforce?

Join FELTG instructor Meghan Droste, an experienced LGBTQ and Gender Issues Practice Group team lead, for this 90-minute webinar that explains the latest information on the state of sexual orientation and gender identity protections in the federal workplace.

After a brief discussion on applicable law and the theories of discrimination, Ms Droste will cover:

  • Important definitions in 2018
  • The latest on sexual orientation protection under Title VII, and the current federal circuit split
  • Transgender status and legal protections
  • Gender stereotyping claims and same-sex harassment
  • Best practices for agencies to follow

The law has been evolving for quite some time, and with a circuit split it’s crucial to understand where things are – today. Register now!

Price

$270 per site.

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $25 each, on a space-available basis.

Jan
23
Wed
Webinar Series – Too Sick to Work: Absence Due to Illness
Jan 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Barbara Haga

Course Description

Absence due to illness has changed the landscape in dealing with federal workplace issues.  Problems arise when employees are absent – let alone the huge amounts of leave entitlements tied to family member medical conditions.

Administering sick leave can be complicated, and proper documentation is critical.  The Family & Medical Leave Act adds an additional layer of complexity to these illness-related absences.  When can you require medical examinations? When can you take action on excessive absences?

If you need more information on absence related to illness so you are able to answer those tough questions on sick leave and FMLA – or if you want to ensure that the adverse action case you assemble will withstand the scrutiny of the MSPB – then this webinar series is custom-made for you.

While the near future of the Merit Systems Protection Board remains uncertain, Ms. Haga is  staying on top of the situation and will provide attendees with the most up-to-date information they need to know.

Join instructor Barbara Haga for any or all of the sessions as she guides you through these thorny issues.

  • Session 1 – Sick Leave, Part I (1/23)
    • Earning and accumulation
    • Authorized uses of sick leave
    • Family care sick leave – documentation and limits
    • Advance sick leave
  • Session 2 – Sick Leave, Part II  (2/6)
    • Notice requirements
    • Definition of “serious health condition”
    • Substitution of paid leave for FMLA LWOP
    • Medical certification – what is required and what needs to be in it
    • Sick leave abuse
    • Medical examinations
    • Taking action on sick leave-related absences
  • Session 3 – Understanding FMLA (2/20)
    • Basic entitlement
    • Notice requirements
    • FMLA Medical certification requirements
    • Discipline and FMLA – excessive absence, falsified information, failure to comply with notice requirements, last chance agreements

You’ll have the chance to ask your questions, and get them answered in real time, during each of these 90-minute sessions.  Register your site today.

Price

$275 per webinar per site. Register for all three by 1/17 for only $795.

Add a teleworker for only $35 per webinar, in addition to a main site registration, if space permits.

Feb
6
Wed
Webinar Series – Too Sick to Work: Absence Due to Illness
Feb 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Barbara Haga

Course Description

Absence due to illness has changed the landscape in dealing with federal workplace issues.  Problems arise when employees are absent – let alone the huge amounts of leave entitlements tied to family member medical conditions.

Administering sick leave can be complicated, and proper documentation is critical.  The Family & Medical Leave Act adds an additional layer of complexity to these illness-related absences.  When can you require medical examinations? When can you take action on excessive absences?

If you need more information on absence related to illness so you are able to answer those tough questions on sick leave and FMLA – or if you want to ensure that the adverse action case you assemble will withstand the scrutiny of the MSPB – then this webinar series is custom-made for you.

While the near future of the Merit Systems Protection Board remains uncertain, Ms. Haga is  staying on top of the situation and will provide attendees with the most up-to-date information they need to know.

Join instructor Barbara Haga for any or all of the sessions as she guides you through these thorny issues.

  • Session 1 – Sick Leave, Part I (1/23)
    • Earning and accumulation
    • Authorized uses of sick leave
    • Family care sick leave – documentation and limits
    • Advance sick leave
  • Session 2 – Sick Leave, Part II  (2/6)
    • Notice requirements
    • Definition of “serious health condition”
    • Substitution of paid leave for FMLA LWOP
    • Medical certification – what is required and what needs to be in it
    • Sick leave abuse
    • Medical examinations
    • Taking action on sick leave-related absences
  • Session 3 – Understanding FMLA (2/20)
    • Basic entitlement
    • Notice requirements
    • FMLA Medical certification requirements
    • Discipline and FMLA – excessive absence, falsified information, failure to comply with notice requirements, last chance agreements

You’ll have the chance to ask your questions, and get them answered in real time, during each of these 90-minute sessions.  Register your site today.

Price

$275 per webinar per site. Register for all three by 1/17 for only $795.

Add a teleworker for only $35 per webinar, in addition to a main site registration, if space permits.

Feb
20
Wed
Webinar Series – Too Sick to Work: Absence Due to Illness
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Barbara Haga

Course Description

Absence due to illness has changed the landscape in dealing with federal workplace issues.  Problems arise when employees are absent – let alone the huge amounts of leave entitlements tied to family member medical conditions.

Administering sick leave can be complicated, and proper documentation is critical.  The Family & Medical Leave Act adds an additional layer of complexity to these illness-related absences.  When can you require medical examinations? When can you take action on excessive absences?

If you need more information on absence related to illness so you are able to answer those tough questions on sick leave and FMLA – or if you want to ensure that the adverse action case you assemble will withstand the scrutiny of the MSPB – then this webinar series is custom-made for you.

While the near future of the Merit Systems Protection Board remains uncertain, Ms. Haga is  staying on top of the situation and will provide attendees with the most up-to-date information they need to know.

Join instructor Barbara Haga for any or all of the sessions as she guides you through these thorny issues.

  • Session 1 – Sick Leave, Part I (1/23)
    • Earning and accumulation
    • Authorized uses of sick leave
    • Family care sick leave – documentation and limits
    • Advance sick leave
  • Session 2 – Sick Leave, Part II  (2/6)
    • Notice requirements
    • Definition of “serious health condition”
    • Substitution of paid leave for FMLA LWOP
    • Medical certification – what is required and what needs to be in it
    • Sick leave abuse
    • Medical examinations
    • Taking action on sick leave-related absences
  • Session 3 – Understanding FMLA (2/20)
    • Basic entitlement
    • Notice requirements
    • FMLA Medical certification requirements
    • Discipline and FMLA – excessive absence, falsified information, failure to comply with notice requirements, last chance agreements

You’ll have the chance to ask your questions, and get them answered in real time, during each of these 90-minute sessions.  Register your site today.

Price

$275 per webinar per site. Register for all three by 1/17 for only $795.

Add a teleworker for only $35 per webinar, in addition to a main site registration, if space permits.

Feb
26
Tue
Webinar – Tsk Tsk Tech: Computer-related Misconduct in the Federal Workplace
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Barbara Haga

Course Description

When we think about technology-related misconduct in the federal workplace, many of us think of the federal employee watching porn on his government computer. And there are certainly a number of cases involving pornography in the workplace. But federal employees have found many more ways to get in trouble with workplace technology, whether it’s running businesses from work, encouraging donations to political candidates using government computers, or simply wasting time on the Internet. And then there are teleworkers, who have their own unique tech issues.

In this 90-minute webinar, Barbara Haga will review relevant MSPB decisions on these topics, and discuss material on the defenses that employees have raised. She will identify the issues that should be addressed in technology policies, covering matters associated with telework and reasonable use of government equipment and systems.

While the near future of the Merit Systems Protection Board remains uncertain, Ms. Haga is staying on top of the situation and will provide attendees with the information they need to know.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Draft specific charges that deal with various types of technology-related misconduct
  • Handle accommodation issues that come up in conjunction with technology matters
  • Anticipate technology issues to coordinate with IT staffs to establish policies that clearly explain misuse
  • Prepare supportable actions and ensure that union contract provisions support these policies

Price

Early Bird Tuition: $275 per site (registration submitted by February 15)                                                                                    Standard Tuition: $305 per site (registration submitted February 16 or later)

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $35 each, on a space-available basis.

Feb
28
Thu
Webinar — Boosting Employee Morale: 10 Dos and Don’ts for Federal Managers
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructor

Ann Boehm

Course Description

A tough year for federal employees? That’s an understatement. Even before the shutdown, stagnant pay and slashed benefits led to significant drops in engagement and morale, according to the Best Places to Work survey. The factors that caused this precipitous drop in morale may be beyond your control. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to get employees focused back on mission. Join FELTG instructor Ann Boehm for this important webinar where you will learn specific actions you can take to improve morale, such as:

  • Finding out what employees like about their jobs
  • Addressing misconduct and performance problems before they impact morale
  • Rewarding good employees and include those employees in planning

The federal workplace is at a critical juncture. It needs skilled and proactive managers who have the right tools to lead their employees through these difficult times. Learn from Ms. Boehm, who has held numerous leadership roles during her 26-year career as a government attorney.

Price

$225 per site (payment by February 17)

$255 per site (payments made February 18 or later)

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $35 each, on a space-available basis.

Mar
5
Tue
Webinar Series – Supervising Federal Employees: Managing Accountability and Defending Your Actions
Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructors

Deborah Hopkins, Barbara Haga, Meghan Droste, Ann Boehm

Course Description

 

Back by popular demand, and updated for 2019! Join FELTG for the most comprehensive supervisory training event available anywhere. Supervising Federal Employees: Managing Accountability and Defending Your Actions, a 13-part webinar training series (with a bonus session for those who supervise unionized employees), is targeted specifically to the issues and challenges faced by supervisors in agencies across the country, and around the world.

These 60-minute sessions, held every other Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. eastern time, will expand upon legal principles to provide federal supervisors with the necessary tools and best practices they need to manage the agency workplace effectively and efficiently. Plus, they’ll have a chance to ask questions and get answers – in real time.

As a special bonus, the first six modules fulfill OPM’s mandatory training requirements for new supervisors found at 5 CFR 412.202(b).

2019 dates:

March 5: Accountability for Performance and Conduct: The Foundation: The distinction between performance and conduct; an overview on holding employees accountable; setting the stage for discipline and performance actions.

March 19: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part I: The five elements of discipline in the federal government; documentation supervisors need to succeed in a disciplinary action. 

April 2: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part II: Disciplinary procedures: reprimand, suspension, termination; appeals process; agency liability. 

April 16: Writing Effective Performance Plans: Performance management; understanding the system; defining elements and standards; creating the performance plan.

April 30: Preparing an Unacceptable Performance Case: Performance in a nutshell; preparing a performance case; proof and evidence standards.

May 14: Dealing with Poor Performing Employees: Managing the PIP; proposed removal letters; unacceptable performance documents. 

May 28: Mentoring a Multigenerational Workforce: What OPM says about mentorship; mentorship styles; formal and informal mentorship; pilot mentorship programs; best practices for leadership; handling difficult employee types. 

June 11: Tackling Leave Issues I: Handling the leave issues most common in the federal government: annual leave, sick leave, leave transfer. 

June 25: Tackling Leave Issues II: Handling more complicated leave scenarios: FMLA, LWOP, administrative leave, AWOL. 

July 9: Disability Accommodation in 60 Minutes: Defining a disability; requests for accommodation; the interactive process; accommodations of choice; undue hardship. 

July 23: Intentional EEO Discrimination: What supervisors should know about EEO discrimination; discrete acts of discrimination; selection and promotion cases; defending against claims of intentional discrimination. 

August 6: Combating Against Hostile Work Environment Harassment Claims: The elements of a hostile work environment; liability in hostile work environment claims; tangible employment actions; harassment v. bullying; supervisor responsibilities in harassment claims; agency defenses. 

August 20: EEO Reprisal: Handle It, Don’t Fear It: How reprisal is different than other EEO claims; what the complainant must show to establish reprisal; how a supervisor can defend against reprisal claims; what to do and what not to do when an employee engages in protected EEO activity. 

September 3: Supervising in a Unionized Environment: The right to be bargained with; forming a union; employee and union rights; ULPs. 

Price

  • $225 per site, per session.
  • Teleworkers may be added to a primary site registration for $35 each, per session, on a space-available basis.
  • Special series discounts available through March 1. See registration form for details.
Mar
7
Thu
Webinar – Writing Effective Summary Judgment Motions for the EEOC
Mar 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Meghan Droste

Course Description

 1.5

Effective writing directly impacts whether you win or lose a case before the EEOC. One of the most powerful tools to use in EEO complaints is the Motion for Summary Judgment. Join attorney at law Meghan Droste as she spends 90 minutes taking you through the best practices you need to draft a strong motion that will withstand even the harshest scrutiny.

After setting out the basics on summary judgment procedures and standards, Ms. Droste will show you how to:

  • Organize for the motion
  • Draft the motion using IRAC (and explain why IRAC isn’t just for law school exams)
  • Edit your work

Participants will also deconstruct segments from sample summary judgment motions, and will learn how to spot strengths and weaknesses throughout the writing process. Whether you’ve been an attorney for years, or you’ve never been to law school, this is a session EEO practitioners won’t want to miss. Register your site today.

Price

Early Bird Tuition: $275 per site (registration submitted by February 25)                                                                            Standard Tuition: $305 per site (registration submitted February 26 or later)

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $35 each, on a space-available basis.

Mar
19
Tue
Webinar Series – Supervising Federal Employees: Managing Accountability and Defending Your Actions
Mar 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Instructors

Deborah Hopkins, Barbara Haga, Meghan Droste, Ann Boehm

Course Description

 

Back by popular demand, and updated for 2019! Join FELTG for the most comprehensive supervisory training event available anywhere. Supervising Federal Employees: Managing Accountability and Defending Your Actions, a 13-part webinar training series (with a bonus session for those who supervise unionized employees), is targeted specifically to the issues and challenges faced by supervisors in agencies across the country, and around the world.

These 60-minute sessions, held every other Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. eastern time, will expand upon legal principles to provide federal supervisors with the necessary tools and best practices they need to manage the agency workplace effectively and efficiently. Plus, they’ll have a chance to ask questions and get answers – in real time.

As a special bonus, the first six modules fulfill OPM’s mandatory training requirements for new supervisors found at 5 CFR 412.202(b).

2019 dates:

March 5: Accountability for Performance and Conduct: The Foundation: The distinction between performance and conduct; an overview on holding employees accountable; setting the stage for discipline and performance actions.

March 19: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part I: The five elements of discipline in the federal government; documentation supervisors need to succeed in a disciplinary action. 

April 2: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part II: Disciplinary procedures: reprimand, suspension, termination; appeals process; agency liability. 

April 16: Writing Effective Performance Plans: Performance management; understanding the system; defining elements and standards; creating the performance plan.

April 30: Preparing an Unacceptable Performance Case: Performance in a nutshell; preparing a performance case; proof and evidence standards.

May 14: Dealing with Poor Performing Employees: Managing the PIP; proposed removal letters; unacceptable performance documents. 

May 28: Mentoring a Multigenerational Workforce: What OPM says about mentorship; mentorship styles; formal and informal mentorship; pilot mentorship programs; best practices for leadership; handling difficult employee types. 

June 11: Tackling Leave Issues I: Handling the leave issues most common in the federal government: annual leave, sick leave, leave transfer. 

June 25: Tackling Leave Issues II: Handling more complicated leave scenarios: FMLA, LWOP, administrative leave, AWOL. 

July 9: Disability Accommodation in 60 Minutes: Defining a disability; requests for accommodation; the interactive process; accommodations of choice; undue hardship. 

July 23: Intentional EEO Discrimination: What supervisors should know about EEO discrimination; discrete acts of discrimination; selection and promotion cases; defending against claims of intentional discrimination. 

August 6: Combating Against Hostile Work Environment Harassment Claims: The elements of a hostile work environment; liability in hostile work environment claims; tangible employment actions; harassment v. bullying; supervisor responsibilities in harassment claims; agency defenses. 

August 20: EEO Reprisal: Handle It, Don’t Fear It: How reprisal is different than other EEO claims; what the complainant must show to establish reprisal; how a supervisor can defend against reprisal claims; what to do and what not to do when an employee engages in protected EEO activity. 

September 3: Supervising in a Unionized Environment: The right to be bargained with; forming a union; employee and union rights; ULPs. 

Price

  • $225 per site, per session.
  • Teleworkers may be added to a primary site registration for $35 each, per session, on a space-available basis.
  • Special series discounts available through March 1. See registration form for details.
Mar
21
Thu
Webinar – Think Before You Meet: Identifying Weingarten and Formal Discussions with Union Employees
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Joe Schimansky

Course Description

Few people love meetings, but we all know they are sometimes necessary. However, not all meetings are the same. And, in fact, some meetings can get you in trouble, despite your good intentions. FELTG instructor Joe Schimansky, former Executive Director of the Federal Service Impasses Panel, will identify and discuss when the law requires you to provide the union an opportunity to be involved in discussions. Learn when meetings become formal discussions or Weingarten meetings, and what to do when an employee requests union representation.

Mr. Schimansky will explain:

  • The union’s rights and responsibilities when it comes to meetings
  • What is required for a meeting to be considered a formal discussion
  • What a union rep can and cannot do during a formal discussion
  • What constitutes a reasonable belief that discipline may occur

This webinar will also include the most updated information related to President Trump’s May 2018 Executive Orders on federal labor unions. If you have union employees, this is a session you won’t want to miss.

Price

Early Bird Tuition: $275 per site (registration submitted by March 11)                                                                                  Standard Tuition: $305 per site (registration submitted March 12 or later)

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $35 each, on a space-available basis.

Mar
26
Tue
Webinar – Aging and Cognition: The Graying of the Civil Service
Mar 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructors

Jennifer Johnson, George Woods

Course Description

Not only can federal employees work past official retirement age, they often have to work longer. This is helping create a federal workforce with more generations working side-by-side than ever before. What does this older generation of employees mean for federal supervisors and those who advise them? This is your opportunity to find out. This 90-minute webinar is a must for attorneys, supervisors, and labor and HR specialists who handle management issues. Attorney Jennifer Johnson and Psychiatrist George Woods will lay out in detail how people change as they age, and the management approaches you may need to adopt as a result. Those who attend this timely webinar will learn how to prioritize the value of older employees’ expertise and experience, as well as make effective accommodations for them to succeed without discriminating against anyone due to age.

Attendees will also learn how to:

  • Identify the biological changes that impact functioning.
  • Understand the structural and neurocognitive changes that impact brain functioning.
  • Eliminate the barriers that keep people from confronting the issue of aging.

Don’t just wait for your older employees to retire. Learn how to maximize their strengths for a more focused and productive workplace.

Price

$275 per site (payment by March 16)                                                                                                                                  $305 per site (payments made March 17 or later)

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $35 each, on a space-available basis.

Apr
2
Tue
Webinar Series – Supervising Federal Employees: Managing Accountability and Defending Your Actions
Apr 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Download Registration Form

Instructors

Deborah Hopkins, Barbara Haga, Meghan Droste, Ann Boehm

Course Description

 

Back by popular demand, and updated for 2019! Join FELTG for the most comprehensive supervisory training event available anywhere. Supervising Federal Employees: Managing Accountability and Defending Your Actions, a 13-part webinar training series (with a bonus session for those who supervise unionized employees), is targeted specifically to the issues and challenges faced by supervisors in agencies across the country, and around the world.

These 60-minute sessions, held every other Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. eastern time, will expand upon legal principles to provide federal supervisors with the necessary tools and best practices they need to manage the agency workplace effectively and efficiently. Plus, they’ll have a chance to ask questions and get answers – in real time.

As a special bonus, the first six modules fulfill OPM’s mandatory training requirements for new supervisors found at 5 CFR 412.202(b).

2019 dates:

March 5: Accountability for Performance and Conduct: The Foundation: The distinction between performance and conduct; an overview on holding employees accountable; setting the stage for discipline and performance actions.

March 19: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part I: The five elements of discipline in the federal government; documentation supervisors need to succeed in a disciplinary action. 

April 2: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part II: Disciplinary procedures: reprimand, suspension, termination; appeals process; agency liability. 

April 16: Writing Effective Performance Plans: Performance management; understanding the system; defining elements and standards; creating the performance plan.

April 30: Preparing an Unacceptable Performance Case: Performance in a nutshell; preparing a performance case; proof and evidence standards.

May 14: Dealing with Poor Performing Employees: Managing the PIP; proposed removal letters; unacceptable performance documents. 

May 28: Mentoring a Multigenerational Workforce: What OPM says about mentorship; mentorship styles; formal and informal mentorship; pilot mentorship programs; best practices for leadership; handling difficult employee types. 

June 11: Tackling Leave Issues I: Handling the leave issues most common in the federal government: annual leave, sick leave, leave transfer. 

June 25: Tackling Leave Issues II: Handling more complicated leave scenarios: FMLA, LWOP, administrative leave, AWOL. 

July 9: Disability Accommodation in 60 Minutes: Defining a disability; requests for accommodation; the interactive process; accommodations of choice; undue hardship. 

July 23: Intentional EEO Discrimination: What supervisors should know about EEO discrimination; discrete acts of discrimination; selection and promotion cases; defending against claims of intentional discrimination. 

August 6: Combating Against Hostile Work Environment Harassment Claims: The elements of a hostile work environment; liability in hostile work environment claims; tangible employment actions; harassment v. bullying; supervisor responsibilities in harassment claims; agency defenses. 

August 20: EEO Reprisal: Handle It, Don’t Fear It: How reprisal is different than other EEO claims; what the complainant must show to establish reprisal; how a supervisor can defend against reprisal claims; what to do and what not to do when an employee engages in protected EEO activity. 

September 3: Supervising in a Unionized Environment: The right to be bargained with; forming a union; employee and union rights; ULPs. 

Price

  • $225 per site, per session.
  • Teleworkers may be added to a primary site registration for $35 each, per session, on a space-available basis.
  • Special series discounts available through March 1. See registration form for details.
Apr
11
Thu
Webinar – The Reassignment Riddle: How, When, and Why to Use This Management Tool
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructor

Ann Boehm

Course Description

For many supervisors and HR specialists, the word “reassignment” is met with anxiety, angst, and apprehension. There are few in the federal workplace with the confidence to effectively employ this under-utilized management tool. And if it’s not in your toolbox, you’re missing something important.

FELTG instructor Ann Boehm, who spent 26 years as a government attorney focused primarily on employment and labor law, is here to set you straight. She will walk you through management-directed reassignment for business reasons, reassignment for performance reasons, and reassignment as reasonable accommodation for a disability. The 90-minute webinar will cover many facets of reassignment, including:

  • What to do when an employee refuses reassignment as a reasonable accommodation.
  • When you can legally and unilaterally reassign an employee.
  • How to handle an employee request for reassignment.

Price

Early Bird Tuition: $275 per site (registration submitted by April 1)

Standard Tuition: $305 per site (registration submitted April 2 or later)

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $35 each, on a space-available basis.

Apr
16
Tue
Webinar Series – Supervising Federal Employees: Managing Accountability and Defending Your Actions
Apr 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Download Registration Form

Instructors

Deborah Hopkins, Barbara Haga, Meghan Droste, Ann Boehm

Course Description

 

Back by popular demand, and updated for 2019! Join FELTG for the most comprehensive supervisory training event available anywhere. Supervising Federal Employees: Managing Accountability and Defending Your Actions, a 13-part webinar training series (with a bonus session for those who supervise unionized employees), is targeted specifically to the issues and challenges faced by supervisors in agencies across the country, and around the world.

These 60-minute sessions, held every other Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. eastern time, will expand upon legal principles to provide federal supervisors with the necessary tools and best practices they need to manage the agency workplace effectively and efficiently. Plus, they’ll have a chance to ask questions and get answers – in real time.

As a special bonus, the first six modules fulfill OPM’s mandatory training requirements for new supervisors found at 5 CFR 412.202(b).

2019 dates:

March 5: Accountability for Performance and Conduct: The Foundation: The distinction between performance and conduct; an overview on holding employees accountable; setting the stage for discipline and performance actions.

March 19: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part I: The five elements of discipline in the federal government; documentation supervisors need to succeed in a disciplinary action. 

April 2: Disciplining Employees for Misconduct, Part II: Disciplinary procedures: reprimand, suspension, termination; appeals process; agency liability. 

April 16: Writing Effective Performance Plans: Performance management; understanding the system; defining elements and standards; creating the performance plan.

April 30: Preparing an Unacceptable Performance Case: Performance in a nutshell; preparing a performance case; proof and evidence standards.

May 14: Dealing with Poor Performing Employees: Managing the PIP; proposed removal letters; unacceptable performance documents. 

May 28: Mentoring a Multigenerational Workforce: What OPM says about mentorship; mentorship styles; formal and informal mentorship; pilot mentorship programs; best practices for leadership; handling difficult employee types. 

June 11: Tackling Leave Issues I: Handling the leave issues most common in the federal government: annual leave, sick leave, leave transfer. 

June 25: Tackling Leave Issues II: Handling more complicated leave scenarios: FMLA, LWOP, administrative leave, AWOL. 

July 9: Disability Accommodation in 60 Minutes: Defining a disability; requests for accommodation; the interactive process; accommodations of choice; undue hardship. 

July 23: Intentional EEO Discrimination: What supervisors should know about EEO discrimination; discrete acts of discrimination; selection and promotion cases; defending against claims of intentional discrimination. 

August 6: Combating Against Hostile Work Environment Harassment Claims: The elements of a hostile work environment; liability in hostile work environment claims; tangible employment actions; harassment v. bullying; supervisor responsibilities in harassment claims; agency defenses. 

August 20: EEO Reprisal: Handle It, Don’t Fear It: How reprisal is different than other EEO claims; what the complainant must show to establish reprisal; how a supervisor can defend against reprisal claims; what to do and what not to do when an employee engages in protected EEO activity. 

September 3: Supervising in a Unionized Environment: The right to be bargained with; forming a union; employee and union rights; ULPs. 

Price

  • $225 per site, per session.
  • Teleworkers may be added to a primary site registration for $35 each, per session, on a space-available basis.
  • Special series discounts available through March 1. See registration form for details.
Apr
18
Thu
Webinar – Substance Abuse Disorders and the Federal Workplace
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Instructors

Shana Palmieri, Mollie Slater

Course Description

Employee substance abuse is a costly and dangerous problem for federal workplaces, especially when it comes to safety and productivity. Yet, many federal supervisors fail to address the situation appropriately. FELTG is here to do something about that.

Healthcare attorney Mollie Slater and Shana Palmieri, a licensed clinical social worker, will share strategies for reducing risk for substance-abuse issues and aligning agency processes to fit within the scope of the law, while promoting a safe and productive workplace. You will leave this 90-minute webinar knowing how to successfully navigate the legally complex relationship employers have with healthcare providers. You will also gain the knowledge and skills to effectively and appropriately take action when substance abuse impacts workplace safety and productivity.

Attendees will also learn:

  • When substance abuse is reason for termination.
  • The privacy standards applicable to employees and patients.
  • How to effectively manage the medical clearance process for employees returning to work after they receive substance abuse treatment.

This class focuses most of its emphasis on the practical and clinical side of managing employees with substance abuse issues, and trains you how to identify and work with people who have addiction issues. You won’t want to miss it.

Price

Early Bird Tuition: $275 per webinar per site (registration submitted by April 8)

Standard Tuition: $305 per webinar per site (registration submitted April 9 or later)

Register for both webinars by April 8 and pay only $530.

Add a teleworker for $35 per webinar, in addition to a main site registration, if space permits.

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