Labor Relations Training Courses
Attorneys, L/ER specialists, union representatives and arbitrators have a lot they need to understand about the current and pending policy changes with permissive bargaining in federal labor unions. FELTG courses to help the practitioner safely – and legally- navigate this complex terrain while providing fundamental understanding and practical application to the daily requirements of those employed in this field.
LR-1: Fundamentals of Federal Labor Relations: Nuts & Bolts (1-2 days)
Course Topics: An overview of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute; the Federal labor Relations Authority (FLRA); fundamental employee, union, and management rights; Weingarten meetings; a bargaining unit employee’s right to be represented by the union in certain meetings.
LR-2: Handling Grievances & Arbitration (1 day)
Course Topics: Invoking arbitration under the collective bargaining agreement; the arbitration process; selecting an arbitrator; rules of evidence; how government arbitration is different from private sector arbitration; educating the arbitrator.
LR-3: Navigating Negotiability Issues (1 day)
Course Topics: FLRA process and procedures; intersection of grievances, MSPB appeals, and EEO complaints; what subjects must be bargained; what subjects may and may not be bargained; impact and implementation bargaining; bringing the bargaining process to closure.
LR-4: Effective Negotiation Techniques & Strategies (1-2 days)
Course Topics: Management rights; negotiating impact and implementation; difficult bargaining topics; management-union relationships; word choices; choosing your battles.
LR-5: Labor Relations Meetings, Official Time & ULPs (1 day)
Course Topics: Agency obligations; Weingarten and Brookhaven meetings; formal discussions; official time – what is covered by law and what is bargained; unfair labor practices (ULP) procedures; common legal missteps; practical strategies.
LR-6: Legal Writing Skills for LR Practitioners (1 day)
Course Topics: Legal writing overview; writing a Memorandum of Understanding; pre-ULP writing considerations; drafting arguments under contract interpretation; persuasive legal writing.
Upcoming Labor Relations Training Events
In 2016, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States, killing more than 44,000 people. And 291 of those suicides took place in the workplace.
As suicide rates continue to rise, the impact is becoming more severe on the workplace. Join Shana Palmieri, LCSW for this 90-minute webinar as she discusses the behavior health disorders that lead to suicide risk, provides an overview of suicide and suicidal ideation in the United States and in the workplace, and shares real answers on what you can do and when to save an employee’s life.
Attendees will learn how to:
- Identify the signs and symptoms of suicide that indicate the need for professional intervention
- Effectively communicate to employees about suicide
- Handle a suicidal crisis in the workplace
The webinar will also include time for Q & A on these topics. This is a session you truly can’t afford to miss, so register your site today.
Early Bird Tuition: $275 per site (payment required by September 16)
Standard Tuition: $305 per site (for payments made September 17 or later)
Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $35 each, if space is available.
Absence due to illness has changed the landscape in dealing with federal workplace issues. Problems arise when employees are absent – let alone the huge amounts of leave entitlements tied to family member medical conditions.
Administering sick leave can be complicated, and proper documentation is critical. The Family & Medical Leave Act adds an additional layer of complexity to these illness-related absences. When can you require medical examinations? When can you take action on excessive absences?
If you need more information on absence related to illness so you are able to answer those tough questions on sick leave and FMLA – or if you want to ensure that the adverse action case you assemble will withstand the scrutiny of the MSPB – then this webinar series is custom-made for you.
While the near future of the Merit Systems Protection Board remains uncertain, FELTG is staying on top of the situation and will provide attendees with the most up-to-date information they need to know.
Instructors Deborah Hopkins, William Wiley, and Barbara Haga will guide you through these thorny issues. Register for any or all of the sessions.
- Session 1 – Sick Leave, Part I (October 16)
- Earning and accumulation
- Authorized uses of sick leave
- Family care sick leave – documentation and limits
- Advance sick leave
- Session 2 – Sick Leave, Part II (October 30)
- Notice requirements
- Definition of “serious health condition”
- Substitution of paid leave for FMLA LWOP
- Medical certification – what is required and what needs to be in it
- Sick leave abuse
- Medical examinations
- Taking action on sick leave-related absences
- Session 3 – Understanding FMLA (November 13)
- Basic entitlement
- Notice requirements
- FMLA Medical certification requirements
- Discipline and FMLA – excessive absence, falsified information, failure to comply with notice requirements, last chance agreements
You’ll have the chance to ask your questions, and get them answered in real time, during each of these 90-minute sessions. Register your site today.
Early Bird Tuition: $275 per webinar per site (registration submitted by October 7)
Standard Tuition: $305 per webinar per site (registration submitted October 8 or later)
Register for all three webinars by October 7 and pay only $795.
Add a teleworker for $35 per webinar, in addition to a main site registration, if space permits.