FELTG Keynote Presentations

Targeted sessions on the topics you need most
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Does your agency have a group of executives or managers who would benefit from a short, specific, targeted presentation of federal employment law topics? Are you looking for a jolt to get your internal training program off to a good start? FELTG’s dynamic presenters are ready to bring one of our 90-minute keynote presentations to your site. The presentations can be targeted to agency leaders, HR and EEO professionals, managers and supervisors, or employees, with topics including accountability, management skills, sexual harassment, and more. Need a topic that’s not on the list? FELTG can also provide a keynote on a topic of your choice. Contact us for more details.


KP-1:UnCivil Servant: Holding Federal Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct

Course Description: Based on the book by William Wiley and Deborah Hopkins (now in its 5th edition), this keynote presentation of FELTG’s signature training program provides an eye-opening look at how agencies consistently make performance and conduct actions more difficult than they need to be. A lot of people think the system is broken. It’s not; the tools are just not being used correctly. Learn the actions you can take that will hold employees accountable and withstand scrutiny on appeal by the MSPB, EEOC, or in grievance arbitration.


KP-2: Combating a Hostile Work Environment

Course Description: A hostile work environment is more than sexual harassment. A hostile environment can be alleged based on any protected category, and it’s a common EEO claim in the federal sector. Left unaddressed, a hostile work environment will lead to diminished performance, weakened morale, and, quite possibly, a costly finding of EEO discrimination.  We’ll explain the concept of hostile work environment, discuss the responsibilities of all parties, and share what your agency can do to maintain a hostile-free work environment.


KP-3: These Are the Leadership Lessons I’m Learning

Course Description: Leadership expert Dr. Anthony Marchese discusses current leadership challenges facing federal agencies and offers practical solutions to meet them. This keynote presentation is aimed at the high-performing leader. Not only will you take away guidance on how to handle your toughest challenges, you’ll build your leadership knowledge and skills in the process.


KP-4: You Can’t Hide: Accommodating Unseen Disabilities

Course Description: From chronic pain and chronic fatigue to depression and diabetes, disabilities are not always visible or obvious in the workplace. As the federal workforce ages, the number of employees with hidden disabilities continues to grow. This can make providing reasonable accommodation a challenge for leaders, supervisors, and colleagues. Learn how to properly navigate Rehabilitation Act regulations and EEOC guidance while taking a commonsense approach to reasonably accommodating hidden disabilities.


KP-5: The What, How and Why of Working With Your Agency’s OIG

Course Description: How well do you know what your agency’s Office of Inspector General does? Did you know that much of the OIG’s work likely overlaps or interconnects with what your office does? Scott Boehm will not only explain what the OIG does, but how you can work with them, and why that’s important to your unit’s success.


 

KP-6: The Supervisor’s Role in EEO

Course Description: Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a supervisor like the thought of an EEO complaint. And few things should scare agency leaders more than the way a supervisor reacts to an EEO complaint.

In this keynote geared to those supervisors, FELTG takes the mystery and the shame out of being named in an EEO complaint. Supervisors will understand protected categories and theories of discrimination and, more importantly, they will learn what to do during each step of the EEO process.


 

KP-7: When Performance Goes Bad: The Path to Accountability

Course Description: When it comes to the ODAP, the DP, or the PIP, a lot of the advice you get is BS. But not from FELTG. This keynote gets to the heart of how to handle performance challenges. Attendees will learn the FELTG Way to manage an opportunity to demonstrate performance. And if the employee fails the ODAP, attendees will be able to confidently, effectively, and quickly remove the employee for poor performance.


 

KP-8: How Much Do You Really Know About Disability Accommodation?

Course Description: The Rehabilitation Act is more than 45 years old, and the amendments that changed the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act became effective more than 10 years ago. Yet, too many agencies continue to follow outdated procedures that are not compliant with the law. Let FELTG take the complexity out of the process. An overview of the latest in disability law and walk through the most complex reasonable accommodations, such as requests for telework, will feed attendees the knowledge and confidence to effectively address requests for reasonable accommodation.


 

KP-9: The Civil Civil Servant: Protections, Performance, and Conduct

Course Description: Your new employees have a lot to learn. And if their new job is their first, or if they formerly worked for the private sector, then they have a lot to unlearn. That’s where Civil Civil Servant comes in. The keynote version of FELTG’s half-day and full-day course for new employees explains those aspects of employment that are unique to the federal workplaces, such as merit system principles, as well as EEO, whistleblower, and retaliation protections. And we’ll explain that they can be fired for misconduct and performance – and they do have to abide by supervisors’ rules. Civil Civil Servant meets the requirements for the mandatory No FEAR Act training for new employees.


 

 

Upcoming Training Events


Feb
8
Wed
Virtual Training Event – UnCivil Servant: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct
Feb 8 – Feb 9 all-day

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Course Description

FELTG’s flagship course UnCivil Servant empowers federal supervisors and advisers to confidently handle the challenges that come with supervising in the federal workplace. We hope that you never have to fire an employee. But it’s important that you have the tools to effectively address poor performance and misconduct, should the need arise.

Over the course of two half-days, UnCivil Servant identifies misconceptions about performance and misconduct-based actions and provides you with simple step-by-step guidance for taking swift, appropriate and legally defensible actions. The program also covers the very latest with Executive Order 13839, plus OPM regulations on performance and conduct.

Join FELTG for this special event, from wherever you are working – agency office or home. The program will be presented live, and you’ll have time to ask questions and get answers in real time. Note: This course fulfills OPM’s mandatory training requirements for new supervisors found at 5 CFR 412.202(b).

Registrants for both days will also receive a copy of the textbook UnCivil Servant: Holding Federal Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct, 5th Ed., by William Wiley and Deborah Hopkins.

This program runs from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm eastern each day, with a 30-minute break midway.

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Instructor

Deborah Hopkins

Who Should Attend

Federal supervisors and managers; attorneys; Labor and Employee Relations Specialists; EEO specialists; union representatives.

Agenda

Wednesday, February 8

Accountability for Conduct and Performance, Part I: Accountability and supervisory authority; discipline and misconduct theory and practice; the five elements of discipline; off-duty misconduct; penalty defense and due process.

Thursday, February 9

Accountability for Conduct and Performance, Part II: Discipline procedures and appeals; disciplinary documents; defining unacceptable performance; dealing with poor performers; performance-based removal procedures.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $425 per session, $755 for both sessions (register by January 24).
  • Standard Tuition: $525 per session, $855 for both sessions (register January 25-February 9).
  • Rates per registrant. No split registrations permitted.
  • Want to register a group? Contact FELTG.

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Zoom for its Virtual Training Institute events. Many government computers and systems allow Zoom access. If for some reason your firewall will not allow access, you’re welcome to use your personal email address to register, and to attend the sessions from your personal device.
  • What if I want to attend a session but have a schedule conflict?
    • FELTG also plans to offer this live event periodically, so check our calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Can I share my access link with co-workers?
    • No. Registration for this event is per individual, and access links may not be shared. Each link may only be used by one person.
  • Can I register a teleworker?
    • This event is individual registration, so the cost is the same whether the person is teleworking or in an agency facility.
  • How do I receive a group rate discount?
    • If an agency wishes to register 10 or more attendees for the full event, a group discount will be applied if all registrations are received and paid for together. Group discount deadline is January 24.
  • Can I earn CLE credits for this class?
    • CLE applications are the responsibility of each attendee; FELTG does not apply for the credits on behalf of attendees.  If you are seeking CLE credit, attendees may use the materials provided by FELTG in submission to your state bar. Attendees may also request a certificate of completion which will contain the number of training hours attended.

Seminar registration includes a PDF copy of the program materials, plus a hard copy of the textbook UnCivil Servant: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct, 5th ed., by Wiley and Hopkins. In order to receive the textbook by the training date, please register by January 24 and provide a shipping address. Registrations received after January 24 will also receive a textbook, but materials are not guaranteed to arrive by the training date.

Feb
27
Mon
Virtual Training Event – Workplace Investigations Week
Feb 27 – Mar 3 all-day

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Course Description

This week of FELTG training focuses on conducting administrative investigations in the federal workplace with an emphasis on employee misconduct including workplace harassment. After an overview of the substantive law, participants will learn procedures and best practices for conducting administrative investigations, including understanding what constitutes misconduct, the differences between EEO and non-EEO harassment, planning the investigation, fact finding, collecting evidence, dealing with witnesses, understanding types of questioning, and testifying at hearing. The week concludes with a day focused on writing an investigative report.

Special content will also discuss conducting investigations post-pandemic, including tips for interviewing witnesses virtually, addressing safety concerns during in-person interviewing and evidence gathering, and more.

Note: This class includes breakout discussions and workshops, and attendees are encouraged to participate via audio. Because of the interactive nature of this program attendance is limited, so register early to guarantee your spot.

The program runs 12:30 – 4:30 eastern each day, with a 30-minute break midway.

This program meets the requirements for training under the Department of Interior’s Anti-Harassment Policy.

Instructors

Katherine Atkinson, Ann Boehm

Daily Agenda

Monday, February 27

Administrative Investigations: The Substantive Basis: Why investigate; discipline law and elements; understanding charges of misconduct; collecting penalty evidence; law behind other types of administrative investigations; witness rights; union representation.

Tuesday, February 28

Harassment Investigations: Investigating allegations of harassment; differentiating between EEO and non-EEO harassment; the latest on LGBTQ+ discrimination; overlapping forms of discrimination.

Wednesday, March 1

Conducting the Investigation, Part I: Evidentiary principles; purpose of investigation; preparing for the investigation; role of the investigator; planning the investigation. beginning the interview.

Thursday, March 2

Conducting the Investigation, Part II: Conducting the interview; handling difficult witnesses; assessing credibility/lies/hearing what isn’t said; body language; gathering other evidence; technology and investigations; high profile case considerations; testifying at an administrative hearing; rules for being an effective witness.

Friday, March 3

Writing the Investigative Report: Organizing for the report; establishing the chronology; writing for your audience; report writing style; report writing conventions; report organization; sample report.

Pricing

Most people attend the full training week, but you may opt out of any days you don’t plan to attend.

Early Bird Tuition (register by February 13):

  • 5 days = $1595
  • 4 days = $1365
  • 3 days = $995
  • 2 days = $725
  • 1 day = $395

Standard Tuition (register February 14 and later):

  • 5 days = $1695
  • 4 days = $1465
  • 3 days = $1095
  • 2 days = $825
  • 1 day = $495

 

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Zoom for this Virtual Training Institute event. Many government computers and systems allow Zoom access. If for some reason your firewall will not allow access, you’re welcome to use your personal email address to register, and to attend the sessions from your personal device.
  • Can I earn CLE credits for this class?
    • CLE applications are the responsibility of each attendee; FELTG does not apply for the credits on behalf of attendees.  If you are seeking CLE credit, attendees may use the materials provided by FELTG in submission to your state bar. Attendees may also request a certificate of completion which will contain the number of training hours attended.
  • Can I share my access link with co-workers?
    • No. Registration for this event is per individual, and access links may not be shared. Each link may only be used by one person.
  • Can I register a teleworker?
    • This event is individual registration, so the cost is the same whether the person is teleworking or in an agency facility.
  • How do I receive a group rate discount?
    • Group rates are available for agencies registering 10 or more individuals for the full event. Group discounts are available through February 14.

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