Private Sector Training Courses

FELTG training isn’t just for federal agencies – we have several training programs for private sector organizations as well. Check out the list below.

PS-1: The Supervisor’s Role in EEO (1 day)

Course Topics: The role of EEO protections in the workplace; defining protected categories: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability and reprisal; filing requirements; your organization’s legal obligations; liability in EEO cases; what to do if you’re a Responding Management Official in a complaint; defending against frivolous complaints.

PS-2: Preventing and Correcting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (1/2-1 day)

Course Topics: Definition of sexual harassment; circumstances that constitute harassment; roles in harassment; tangible employment actions; hostile work environment harassment; same-sex harassment; company liability; strategies for prevention.

PS-3: Understanding Reasonable Accommodation (1 day)

Course Topics: Your organization’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act & Amendments Act; regulations; the reasonable accommodation process; defining an individual with a disability; major life activities and substantial limitations; essential job functions; the interactive process; types of reasonable accommodation; denying accommodation; undue hardship.

PS-4: Conducting Effective Misconduct Investigations (1-2 days)

Course Topics: Criminal v. tort activity in the workplace; necessary evidence; misconduct-based investigations; fact-finding; employee legal rights during an investigation; testifying at hearing; Privacy Act considerations; personal liability.

PS-5: Effectively Managing and Communicating with Your Employees (1-2 days)

Course Topics: Managing vs. leading; identifying and honing your supervisory skills; managing difficult employee personality types; managing a multigenerational workforce; managing a mobile workforce; using structured communication with your employees; conflict resolution skills; utilizing a team-based approach in your organization.

PS-6: Mindset Matters: Making the Transition from Individual Contributor to Supervisor (1 day)

Course Topics: Assessing existing managerial knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence; understanding the art and science behind managing others; differentiating between a general mindset, positional mindset, and job-specific mindset; understanding the traits that directly correlate with the ability to accurately assess performance; create a personal development strategy to transition to supervision.

PS-7: Leadership Deep Dive (1-2 days)

Course Topics: Equipping individuals at all levels with the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence to lead with excellence; research-inspired best-practices and a practice-driven approach to increasing leadership effectiveness; self-assessments; an easy-to-remember framework for managing conversations with employees; strategies for cultivating high-performing teams; recommendations to increase your influence within your agency; four content areas (Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Teams, Leading the Agency) that can be emphasized and focused on the needs of group in attendance.

PS-8: The High-Performing Team (1 day)

Course Topics: This is an interactive, full-day learning experience based upon Social Styles, an industry-tested assessment that helps leaders leverage individual personality types and strengths to promote accurate communication, diminish unhealthy conflict, and increase individual and collective performance. Social Styles is driven by the premise that diverse teams are better teams. The High- Performing Team examines the neuroscience behind peak performance, explores the composition of teams of excellence, offers strategies to understand and negotiate individual differences, and equips leaders to align team goals with those of the agency.

Offered by nationally-recognized leadership scholar and trainer Dr. Anthony J. Marchese, The High- Performing Team includes assessments, relevant articles and videos, real-life simulations, and practical suggestions for ongoing sustainability.

PS-9: Handling Behavioral Health Issues and Threats of Violence in the Workplace (1-2 days)

Course Topics: Your organization’s legal obligation to provide its employees with a safe workplace; ADAAA requirements on accommodating individuals with mental impairments and other behavioral health issues; types of mental disabilities and how they may exhibit in the workplace; dealing with suicidal employees; dos and don’ts when working employees who have behavioral health issues; myths and facts about targeted violence in the workplace; individual characteristics that put an employee at higher risk of committing an act of violence; steps to take if someone becomes violent in the workplace; developing and implement an in-house threat management team to deal with threat assessments; risk management; the best ways to keep employees safe during a crisis.

PS-10: Performing by Design: Using Strengthsfinder to Transform Your Team (1 day)

Course TopicsPerforming by Design harnesses the power of the internationally celebrated Strengthsfinder assessment tool and newly-released book, Design: An Owner’s Manual for Learning, Living, and Leading with Purpose to help leaders and their teams cultivate a culture of performance shaped by respect for differences, leveraging strengths to drive results, healthy handling of conflict, and targeted strategies for individual/team achievement. Mentored by the creator of the Strengths movement, nationally-recognized leadership scholar and trainer Dr. Anthony J. Marchese will guide you on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery, engaging group exercises, personal development strategies, and a team analysis to leverage the best in others to achieve results. Consider the immense possibilities for your own team when thinking is shifted away from fixating upon deficiencies alone and instead capitalizing upon what is right. Instead of becoming adequate at much and excellent at nothing, use this experience to transform your own worldview (and that of your team) to make the investment of a lifetime by channeling energies in those areas with the greater opportunity for a rich return- Your Design, Your Strengths. Prepare to think, laugh, practice, and plan as you participate in Performing by Design. Research in strengths reveals that those who function according to their Design (using strengths on a regular basis while at work) report greater satisfaction with their jobs, exemplify increased creativity, stay longer, and report being fully engaged.

Upcoming Training Events

Within-Grade Increases: From Eligibility to Denial to Appeals
May 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Barbara Haga

Course Description

Within-grade Increases (WIGIs), besides having an acronym that’s fun to say, have often been dubbed “those automatic increases that Federal employees always receive.” In 2011, OPM instructed agencies to make sure that WIGIs were properly granted, and withheld when warranted. If you are looking for detailed information on WIGIs from the fine points of eligibility to the steps to deny one, or how to answer the appeal, join FELTG’s Barbara Haga for this 90-minute webinar. Ms. Haga will give you a primer on this seemingly simple subject complete with detailed references to relevant MSPB decisions.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Eligibility for WIGIs
  • When a WIGI decision may be delayed
  • Properly handling the notice of an acceptable level of competence determination and the reconsideration decision
  • Successfully defending the appeal

You’ll have the opportunity to ask your questions – and get answers – in real time. Register your site today and get ready to assist supervisors and managers at your agency properly act on within-grade increase determinations.


Early Bird Tuition: $275 per site (registration submitted by May 20)

Standard Tuition: $305 per site (registration submitted May 21 or later)

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $35 each, on a space-available basis.

MSPB Law Week – Dallas, TX @ Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Dallas
Jun 3 – Jun 7 all-day

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The civil service world is changing and it’s important to be aware of the new laws and executive orders that apply to you. MSPB Law Week covers the basics of disciplinary charges and penalties, plus understanding the law and strategy in handling performance cases and defending against whistleblower reprisal complaints. Join top MSPB practitioners and topic authors, and learn the law, strategies, and techniques from their many years of combined experience.

With the existing backlog of over 2,000 PFRs at MSPB right now, it’s more important than ever to handle your case correctly on the front end. While the specific details about the future of the Merit Systems Protection Board remain uncertain, FELTG’s instructors are staying on top of the situation and will provide attendees with all the information they need to know.

The program runs 8:30 – 4:00 each day and is pre-approved for 29 CLE credits in Virginia and California. It is also approved for 29 HRCI general recertification credits.


William Wiley, Deborah Hopkins

Daily Agenda


Adverse Actions: Statutory basis including the Civil Service Reform Act, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, the five elements of every disciplinary case and the burdens of proof, the fundamentals of penalty selection and defense, obtaining testimony to protect the penalty selection should one or more charges fail, types of evidence necessary to support a penalty selection, the MSPB’s power to mitigate a penalty and recent trends in the Board’s use of that authority, educating uninformed arbitrators, using alternatives to discipline.


Charges: Types of charges, parts of a charge, how charges are interpreted, the role of the proposing and deciding officials, capitalizing on the general charge, allowing the inclusion of lesser-included offenses, charging in the alternative, attractive options to difficult charges and common charging mistakes, proving the difficult “intent” charge element, a step by step approach to charge drafting.


Penalties: MSPB and Federal Circuit lead cases in penalty determination, getting “intent” penalties off of “non-intent” charges, proving harsh penalties off of vanilla charges, charging down and proving up, how the maximum penalty is established, an update of recent Board and court decisions: what’s really new and what’s old wine in new bottles, placing the emphasis on notice, the Board’s lack of a quorum, penalty mitigation changes.


Unacceptable Performance: Performance actions in perspective, drafting a defensible performance standard, implementing PIP’s, defeating the PIP rollercoaster, accommodating disability-related poor performance, converting an unacceptable performance problem into a Part 752 disciplinary action, termination based on failing a performance quiz.


Defending Against Whistleblower Reprisal Claims and other Affirmative Defenses: Whistleblower claims: protected disclosures and whistleblower reprisal, claims of harmful error, reprisal for union activity, excessive penalty findings.


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 May 20):

  • 5 days = $2370
  • 4 days = $1960
  • 3 days = $1550
  • 2 days = $1140
  • 1 day = $680

Standard Tuition (register May 21 – June 7):

  • 5 days = $2470
  • 4 days = $2060
  • 3 days = $1650
  • 2 days = $1240
  • 1 day = $780

Seminar registration includes a copy of the textbook UnCivil Servant: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct, 4th ed., by Wiley and Hopkins.

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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