September 2019 Federal Employment Law Training Group Newsletter
Highlights and Keynotes
Over the recent Labor Day holiday, I spent a few days exploring the Black Hills on two wheels – not the two wheels that come along with an engine and converges on Sturgis every year, but the kind that requires manual power and lots of sweat. One of the highlights of the trip was riding up Iron Mountain Road to the base of Mount Rushmore. While I loved every day of the trip (The Badlands! Custer State Park! Devil’s Tower!), if I had to choose just one day from the trip as the most meaningful, that day would be it.
Well, at FELTG we’ve adopted a training approach similar to highlights, but we’re calling it Keynotes. If there’s a topic you’re interested in but you can’t devote a full week or even a full day to the content, we can bring you the highlights in the form of a 90- or 120-minute Keynote Presentation. Whether you want to brief your agency’s senior leadership on the accountability systems in the civil service, to alert your employees about the agency’s position on sexual misconduct in the federal workplace, or anything in between, FELTG has you covered.
In the meantime, please enjoy the September Newsletter – the last one of FY 2019.
Deborah J. Hopkins, FELTG President
By William Wiley, September 18, 2019 Yogi Berra laid down an important principle of life when he delivered the quote in our headline. A less-gifted author, such as your reporter here, might have said something like, “You should know what you’re trying to accomplish...read more
By Deborah Hopkins, September 18, 2019 In the final installation of this three-part series, I will discuss how holding employees accountable does not take as much evidence as you think it does. Before you read this, though, take a look at the first two articles in the...read more
By Ann Boehm, September 18, 2019 In many training sessions, we suggest that agencies consider a “Last Rites” Agreement to handle problem employees. In my experience, despite our encouragement, many agencies still don’t use this effective tool. Finally, however, I...read more
By Barbara Haga, September 18, 2019 Once again, we are looking at handling performance issues in the case of an employee with a disability based on information provided in the EEOC guidance document The Americans With Disabilities Act: Applying Performance And Conduct...read more
By Meghan Droste, September 18, 2019 Humor is generally a matter of personal taste. Knock, knock jokes, for example, are very popular with my nieces, but those of us no longer in the elementary school set generally find them less amusing. While my humor tends toward...read more
By Meghan Droste, September 18, 2019 Last week, I had the pleasure of traveling to Nevada to do an onsite training for a fantastic group of HR professionals. In talking through various issues related to harassment, we discussed an agency’s obligation to take prompt...read more
By Dan Gephart, September 18, 2019 Here at FELTG laboratories, we create training that teaches the no-nonsense way of doing things, especially as it pertains to handling misconduct. You know the saying that the straight line is the quickest and easiest way to get...read more