August 2023 Federal Employment Law Training Group Newsletter

What Messages Are You Getting — Or Sending?


Last week, I was on the West Coast for onsite supervisor training and I had the opportunity to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The aquarium is one of the best in the world and is filled with incredible displays of sea life, but somehow my favorite exhibit featured a small starfish that appeared to be … relaxing and enjoying the moment (pictured above).


Nonverbal cues (including body positioning) can say so much, and are an important part of any workplace interaction. FELTG’s newest faculty member, Susan Schneider, will be sharing tips on that as well as verbal communication, managing conflict, and having difficult workplace discussions Sept. 12 during the brand-new two-hour virtual training Effectively Managing and Communicating With Employees. I hope you can make it.


This month’s newsletter discusses pregnancy discrimination, security clearance revocations, hostile work environment, appeal rights, and stress claims in workers’ compensation. Read and enjoy.

Take care,

Deborah J. Hopkins, FELTG President

What Should be Expected When Employees are Expecting

By Dan Gephart, August 14, 2023 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act last week. Members of the public wishing to comment now have approximately 55 days to do so....

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