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


Apr
12
Mon
Virtual Training Event – Absence, Leave Abuse & Medical Issues Week
Apr 12 – Apr 16 all-day

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Course Description

Federal employees enjoy a wide variety of leave-related benefits. However, many of us would never use the words “enjoy” and “leave” so closely together. Whether you’re an HR professional, employee relations practitioner, EEO specialist, supervisor, or agency counsel, you have undoubtedly faced a leave-related challenge. FELTG’s Absence, Leave Abuse & Medical Issues Week will give you the critical foundation you need to address the most complex areas of federal employment law, including the recent challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our speakers will discuss sick leave, annual leave, leave without pay, absence without leave, and FMLA. Then they will tackle the most current, relevant topics, such as disciplining employees for leave abuse, dealing with medical issues and unacceptable performance, leave and reasonable accommodation, medical documentation, medical exams, and more.

If you attend, you’re going to learn an awful lot about “leave” and you’re going to “enjoy” the training.

The program runs 12:00 – 4:00 each day, with a break from 1:45-2:15 (all times eastern). Participants will receive program materials via email the week before the training.

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Who Should Attend

Attorneys; Labor and Employee Relations Specialists; EEO managers and directors; EEO specialists; Reasonable Accommodation Coordinators; federal supervisors and managers; union representatives.

Instructors

Barbara Haga, Deborah Hopkins, Katherine Atkinson, Meghan Droste 

Daily Agenda:

Monday, April 12

Leave Use Overview: Course topics: Emergency Paid Sick Leave, Sick Leave: eligibility, notification requirements, medical certification, dealing with abuse, Additional Leave Entitlements, Administrative Leave.

Tuesday, April 13

FMLA Law and Policy: Course topics: FMLA:  eligibility, notification requirements, definition of serious health condition, medical certification, intermittent use, and Paid Family Leave.

Wednesday, April 14

Leave-Related Discipline & Medical Removals: Course topics: The five elements of discipline; leave-related misconduct; documentation necessary to discipline an employee for leave-related misconduct and leave abuse; AWOL charges; excessive absence removals; medical inability to perform removals.

Thursday, April 15 

Reasonable Accommodation: Entitlements and Processes: Course topics: The ADA Amendments Act; the Rehabilitation Act; the reasonable accommodation process; the “regarded as” provision of the ADA; telework and leave as reasonable accommodation; flexible work schedules and alternative work locations; religious accommodation.

Friday, April 16

Medical Documentation, Medical Requests and Record Confidentiality: Course topics: How the ADAAA and GINA impact the collection of medical information; pre- and post-employment medical exams and inquiries; conditional employment offers; medical documentation requests; direct threat; conflicting regulations and contra court decisions.

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 March 29):

  • 5 days = $1475
  • 4 days = $1195
  • 3 days = $910
  • 2 days = $630
  • 1 day = $345

Standard Tuition (register March 30 – April 16):

  • 5 days = $1550
  • 4 days = $1285
  • 3 days = $975
  • 2 days = $685
  • 1 day = $395

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Webex for this Virtual Training Institute event. Many government computers and systems allow Webex 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 March 29.
Apr
13
Tue
Webinar – Justifying Your PIP? What the Recent Precedent-Breaking Fed Circuit Decision Means
Apr 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Instructors

Deborah Hopkins

Bob Woods

Course Description

The Federal Circuit recently overturned 40 years of precedent in its Santos v. NASA decision, ruling that agencies under MSPB jurisdiction must have substantial evidence that the employee was performing poorly BEFORE the agency is allowed to put the employee on a PIP.

So, what kinds of evidence do you need pre-PIP? Can an employee grieve your decision to put him on a PIP? Who has the burden to prove whether a performance plan was discriminatory? And, exactly how much poor performance is needed to show a “continued” pattern of poor performance, as is now required?

In this 60-minute webinar, FELTG President Deborah Hopkins and FELTG Instructor Bob Woods will explain how this case drastically changes the way agencies handle instances of employee poor performance, and what’s required to satisfy the new requirements in Santos. While this is a significant change, good news: it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think and, in fact, may even help you protect the agency against claims of reprisal or discrimination. Ms. Hopkins will walk you through other details in Santos and share some of the pitfalls that could lead to a questioning of whether putting the employee on the performance improvement plan was appropriate.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Assess what constitutes “continued” poor performance.
  • Determine when there is enough evidence to put an employee on a PIP.
  • Document your justification for putting the employee on a PIP.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition (payment required by April 2): $285
  • Standard Tuition (payment made by April 3 later): $315

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $50 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

Cancellation and No-show Policy for Registered Participants: Cancellations made after the cancel date on the registration form will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. Pre-paid training using the “Pay Now” option will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. No-shows will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses.

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