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 Topics: Performing 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
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.
Let’s face it: Being a federal sector Employee Relations Specialist is a tough job. It’s great to know the basics, but the basics don’t always help you when you’re facing those really challenging situations. That’s when you realize that there is much more to learn. No worries. FELTG is presenting Advanced Employee Relations, a three-day seminar focused on immersing you in the employee relations training you need most.
Held in New Orleans in November 2019, you’ll receive in-depth training on topics including leave, performance, misconduct, disability accommodation, and more. Plus, hands-on workshops will allow you to leave with the tools you’ll need to succeed. And it will all be taught by FELTG Senior Instructor Barbara Haga.
Great training. Great instructor. Great location. Register now.
The program runs 8:30 – 4:30 each day.
Leave and Attendance: Administering leave, with particular emphasis on sick leave, LWOP, and FMLA. Detailed review of sick leave provisions including authorized purposes for use of sick leave, limitations on use of sick leave for family care and bereavement, eligibility to use leave for care, notice requirements, acceptable documentation. Management actions to control use of leave and abuse of sick leave. Detailed review of FMLA provisions including eligibility to invoke FMLA, entitlement, coverage of family members, administration and notice requirements. Acceptable medical documentation under FMLA, definition of serious health condition. Substitution of paid leave. Discipline tied to FMLA. LWOP – when LWOP is mandatory, limits on granting LWOP, employee status while on extended LWOP. Other topics –issues related to annual leave and leave transfer, other leave entitlements.
Performance Management: Managing performance from system establishment to conducting annual appraisals to taking actions linked to performance. GEAR initiative and other efforts focused on modifying Federal performance management system. Requirements for performance plans, including design of agency systems, rating schemes, and procedures for conducting appraisals. Revised DOD performance system to be implemented in 2016. Linkage between appraisal and other personnel management decisions, including reduction-in-force and within-grade increases. Writing effective and measurable performance criteria that will withstand third-party review, including a workshop where participants will do an in-depth review of performance plans. Requirements for successful performance-based actions – from drafting a PIP notice that will withstand scrutiny to conducting a bona fide PIP to ensuring that due process is met in effecting an action on unacceptable performance.
Misconduct and Other Related Issues: Implementation of a successful disciplinary program – delegation of authority, role of advisors, warnings and cautions, use of administrative leave. Nexus. Dealing with comparators in determining a penalty. Involuntary actions – resignations and retirements. Ordering and Offering medical examinations. Specific disciplinary situations: handling situations when an employee is unable to perform including excessive leave, disability retirement, separation disability; conduct unbecoming; misuse and technology-related misconduct; failure to meet conditions of employment.
Early Bird Tuition (November 5):
- 3 days = $1370
- 2 days = $970
- 1 day = $530
Standard Tuition (register November 6 – November 21):
- 3 days = $1470
- 2 days = $1070
- 1 day = $630
Nearby hotel (walking distance): Towne Place Suites New Orleans Metairie
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.