March 2020 Federal Employment Law Training Group Newsletter

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Unless you’ve been without Wi-Fi or cable for the last two months, you’ve heard of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Last week, the World Health Organization categorized the virus as a global pandemic, disrupting normal life in the US, and around the world.

FELTG is staying on top of recommendations from the health experts, and because safety is priority, our in-person classroom training is postponed for the next 30 days. We promise to keep you posted, in the newsletter and on LinkedIn and Twitter.

In the meantime, we are announcing the FELTG Virtual Training Institute’s first-ever live training event, Emerging Issues in Federal Employment Law, April 21-23, and you can attend from wherever you are, agency office or home, from your government computer or personal device. This three-day event includes sessions from your favorite instructors on current issues that don’t go away even during a global pandemic. Join us for one session, or attend them all.

FELTG also has a number of upcoming webinars, which teleworkers can attend from home, and we are also available to provide webinars to specific agencies, on any of our training topics, as an alternative to traditional onsite training.

In this month’s newsletter, we tackle generic performance standards, leave myths, improper medical inquiries, investigations, and more.

Take care out there,

Deborah J. Hopkins, FELTG President


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The Good News – Investigations are the Fun Part!

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Tips from the Other Side: March 2020

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