June 2018 Federal Employment Law Training Group Newsletter

A few days ago, Samantha Bee said something that caused a big uproar in a lot of places. Well, I’ve closely reviewed what she said, and I’ve decided that she used a word that I find I should be using more often. Sadly, it’s a word that applies to too many practitioners in the business of federal employment law. Read no further if you’re easily offended, but the Samantha-Bee adjective of the week that we plan to start using more often here at FELTG is … feckless. Look it up on The Google and you will see feckless defined as “irresponsible, useless, worthless, incompetent, inept” and a few other choice synonyms. Recently, I had an agency attorney argue with me in a class that it is illegal for the proposing official in a disciplinary action to indicate a level of discipline: feckless. In another class years ago, I had a “senior HR specialist” tell me that before a supervisor could issue a Reprimand, he had to issue 23 Warnings: feckless. A senior management official once told me that it would be impossible to determine if an employee was performing unacceptably in fewer than six months: feckless. Yes, “feckless” has now become my second-favorite “F” word (you’ll find my Number One favorite f-word at the end of this newsletter). So, come to our FELTG seminars. Learn how to hold employees accountable expediently and fairly. Don’t make me use the f-word when describing something we hear you have said or done. We may be a tiny little training company, but we know how to hurl insults with the Big Dogs. And, the Big Bees.Bill Signature

Handling Social Media Threats from an Off-Duty Employee

By Deborah Hopkins, June 12, 2018 Here’s an email we received after a recent training program on managing employee behavioral health issues in the federal workplace: Dear FELTG, thank you for an excellent presentation today on behavioral health issues. I had a...

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Tips from the Other Side: LGBTQ Terminology and Concepts

My Meghan Droste, June 12, 2018 “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”  Mark Twain’s excellent note on word choice is a lesson we can all learn from...

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Understanding and Supporting the Bipolar Employee

By Shana Palmieri, June 12, 2018 Have you ever noticed an employee or coworker who seems to have severe mood swings? I’m not talking about normal good day/bad day fluctuations, but episodes where the person is so hyperactive you can’t slow him down, or so depressed...

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