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)

For many managers, the world of Equal Employment Opportunity is not just mysterious, but also foreboding. FELTG’s instructors aim to make it less so. An understanding of the EEO laws helps supervisors spot potential issues before they rise to the level of discrimination or harassment. Find out the role that you, as a supervisor, play and what you should do each step of the way. Failure to understand the process will lead to costly mistakes, with emphasis on the word costly. Attendees will leave this course with a thorough understanding of Equal Employment law basics and tools to help prevent harassment and discrimination before it starts.

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)

The #MeToo movement has had a clear influence on the workplace. There has been a noticeable increase in sexual harassment complaints, as well as fear and concern among supervisors about when actions or comments rise to the level of harassment. Supervisors who attend this course will learn their responsibilities to respond to harassment claims, as well as how to effectively address situations before they rise to the level of harassment.

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)

How do you determine if an employee is disabled? What does qualified individual mean? What exactly is the interactive process? And how do you know if an accommodation is effective? This course will provide answers to those questions, and then dive into some of the most perplexing reasonable accommodation challenges, including requests to telework, leave as accommodation, who chooses the accommodation, invisible disabilities, and more.

Course Topics: Your organization’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act & Amendments Act; relevant 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; special challenges in reasonable accommodation.


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

So, you’ve been told there’s potential misconduct by an employee, and you’ve been tasked with performing an investigation. Where do you begin? This thorough one- or two-day training will get you up to speed on the procedures and best practices for conducting investigations in the workplace, from planning the investigation to fact-finding and all the way to testifying at a deposition, hearing, arbitration or trial.

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; investigating harassment complaints.


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

There is a significant difference between managing and leading, and we’ll explain that difference in detail. Attendees will leave this training with the know-how to use social styles to communicate and manage conflict with precision, and a structured approach to high-stakes conversations.

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)

Receiving a promotion is a career highlight. However, if that promotion means you’re now supervising your former co-workers, then it also means you’re about to navigate the trickiest part of your career. This one-day course is perfect those who have been promoted, or hope to be promoted at some point.

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)

Take one or two days to submerge yourself into this interactive course led by nationally recognized leadership scholar and trainer Dr. Anthony J. Marchese, and you’ll leave with a roadmap for continuously improving your leadership skills. The four areas of content (Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Teams, Leading the Organization) can be emphasized and focused for the needs of the group in attendance.

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 organization.


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

This interactive, full-day learning experience is 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. The High-Performing Team, led by nationally recognized leadership scholar and trainer Dr. Anthony J. Marchese, includes assessments, relevant articles and videos, real-life simulations, and practical suggestions for ongoing sustainability.

Course Topics: The neuroscience behind peak performance; the composition of teams of excellence; strategies to understand and negotiate individual difference; align team goals with those of your organization.


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

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Shana Palmieri will share practical and clinical guidance on how to avoid, manage and prepare for workplace crises — and properly deal with them should they occur. What are the warning signs that an employee may become violent? What are the best accommodations for employees with various mental health conditions? What’s the best way to intervene when you think an employee is suicidal? 

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 implementing 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: Strengths-based Strategies for Success (1 day)

Managers who help employees identify, develop, and strategically apply their strengths create a culture of high employee engagement and performance. According to Gallup, 67% of employees who strongly agree that their manager focuses on their strengths are engaged in their jobs.  And according to OPM, 47% of disengaged millennials will leave their current employer for a culture where they feel they better “fit in.” This fun, interactive session will provide a tool for participants to assess their own strengths and plug in to the organizational mission.

Course Topics: Encourage a safe environment to explore their strengths; identify strategies for embedding strengths into job execution; introduce learners to the completion of their own Strengths-Based Strategies for Success Development Plan. Learners will leave with increased self-awareness, awareness of others, and practical tools to extend and apply their learning.

Upcoming Training Events


Jun
10
Wed
Virtual Training Event – Federal Workplace Challenges in a COVID-19 World
Jun 10 all-day

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Federal Workplace Challenges in a COVID-19 World: Returning to Work During a Pandemic

While the nation’s slow re-opening is being welcomed by struggling small businesses and Americans eager for a return to normalcy, it is being met with hesitation and fear by many employees who will soon be making their way back to the workplaces they last occupied several weeks ago.

They are not the only ones who are hesitant. You probably are too. And you should be. Bringing teleworkers back to the physical workplace amid a pandemic will not be easy. Agency HR/EEO professionals, attorneys, supervisors, and managers play important roles in ensuring that their agencies follow the appropriate guidelines, comply with laws involving leave and reasonable accommodation, and meet their burden for providing a safe workspace.

Are you prepared? Join FELTG for a one-of-a-kind, multi-faceted virtual training event that readies you for this unique and demanding challenge. In one afternoon, attendees will receive a detailed discussion of numerous considerations as they prepare for the physical return of employees to the workplace – leave and flexible work schedules, medical testing, employees who blow the whistle about COVID-19 related issues, reasonable accommodation, mental health crises, and much more.

Learning Objectives

After completing this training, attendees will know how to:

  • Apply available flexibilities on scheduling, leave, and telework.
  • Provide appropriate support to employees with mental health struggles exacerbated by the pandemic.
  • Ensure a safe work environment without violating EEO laws.

This is an event that you cannot afford to miss. This program runs from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm eastern

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Session Description

Part 1: Federal Employee Leave: Rights, Requirements and Strategies

Presented by Ann Boehm, FELTG Instructor, Attorney at Law

Administering leave can be complicated enough in normal times, let alone during a pandemic. Ms. Boehm will explain the basic leave entitlements of federal employees, and address the additional leave options and strategies that are specific to COVID-19, such as emergency paid sick leave and administrative leave.

 

Part 2: Complying with the Law While Ensuring a Safe Return to Work

Presented by Deborah J. Hopkins, FELTG President, Attorney at Law

What is the latest guidance from OPM, OMB, CDC, and other authorities as agencies prepare to call employees back to work? Can you – and should you – require medical certification for employees returning to duty? What are your options if an employee refuses to return to work? Are you prepared for reasonable accommodation requests or hostile work environment claims from vulnerable populations? What should an agency do if an employee has blown the whistle about COVID-19 related matters? Ms. Hopkins will address these issues, and more.

Part 3: Managing the Mental Health Crisis During the Pandemic

Presented by Shana Palmieri, LCSW, FELTG Instructor

A new national report detailing the psychological impacts of COVID-19 projects an additional 75,000 Americans could die due to “diseases of despair.” This vulnerable population will soon be returning to the workplace. Ms. Palmieri will provide up-to-date information on risk factors for mental health crises and how to provide appropriate support, intervention and access to treatment for federal government employees to prevent deaths from diseases of despair including suicide, depression, and acute trauma.

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition (register by June 1): $295
  • Standard Tuition (register June 2-10): $345
  • Rates per registrant.
  • Want to register a group? Group discounts are available through June 1. Contact FELTG.

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Zoom Webinars (not Zoom Meetings) for this event. Many government computers and systems allow Zoom access. If for some reason your firewall will not allow access, you’re welcome to use your personal email address to register, and to attend the sessions from your personal device.
  • Can I earn CLE credits for this class?
    • CLE applications are the responsibility of each attendee; FELTG does not apply for the credits on behalf of attendees.  If you are seeking CLE credit, attendees may use the materials provided by FELTG in submission to your state bar. Attendees may also request a certificate of completion which will contain the number of training hours attended.
  • Can I share my access link with co-workers?
    • No. Registration for this event is per individual, and access links may not be shared. Each link may only be used by one person.
  • Can I register a teleworker?
    • This event is individual registration, so the cost is the same whether the person is teleworking or in an agency facility.
  • How do I receive a group rate discount?
    • Group rates are available for agencies registering 10 or more individuals. Group discounts are available through June 1.

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.

Jun
16
Tue
Virtual Training Event – Reasonable Accommodation Spotlight: Challenges and Trends in Federal Agencies
Jun 16 – Jun 17 all-day

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Course Description

If there’s one issue that comes up in every training class regardless of the audience or topic, it’s Reasonable Accommodation in the federal workplace. Now’s your chance to attend a two-day event focused entirely on appropriately and legally handling reasonable accommodation requests, including the more complicated scenarios where there’s not an easy answer. FELTG’s Virtual Training Institute proudly presents Reasonable Accommodation Spotlight: Challenges and Trends in Federal Agencies.

Let FELTG’s experienced instructors guide you through the complexities in the reasonable accommodation process, and show you the best ways to avoid pitfalls, so that your agency provides appropriate, useful, and legally-defensible accommodations for individuals who are entitled to receive them. Covering everything from the foundations of the law to challenges such as providing accommodations to teleworkers, allowing emotional support animals in the workplace, accommodating stress, properly handling requests for medical documentation, and including the very latest EEOC guidance on COVID-19 and more, this is a class you can’t afford to miss. Plus, you’ll have multiple opportunities to ask your Reasonable Accommodation questions – and get answers in real time.

This program runs from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm eastern each day, with a 30-minute break from 2:00 – 2:30 pm.

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Who Should Attend

Reasonable Accommodation Coordinators; EEO managers and directors; EEO specialists; EEO counselors and investigators; federal supervisors and managers who have employees with reasonable accommodation requests; attorneys; Labor and Employee Relations Specialists; union representatives.

Agenda

Tuesday, June 16 – Reasonable Accommodation: The Foundations and Challenges

12:30 – 4:00 pm eastern (break from 2:00 – 2:30), with Instructor Meghan Droste

Course topics: Overview of Reasonable Accommodation law and the Reasonable Accommodation process; the “regarded as” provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act; a closer look at complicated cases involving determining essential functions, the definition of qualified individual, agency obligations during the interactive process, and undue hardship claims.

Wednesday, June 17 – Reasonable Accommodation Trends

12:30 – 4:00 pm eastern (break from 2:00 – 2:30), with Instructor Katherine Atkinson

Course topics: Requests for telework, flexible work schedules, and leave as Reasonable Accommodation; accommodating the commute; accommodating stress; handling requests for a new supervisor as accommodation; accommodating service animals vs. emotional support animals in the workplace; medical documentation; medical exams and inquiries; updated COVID-19 guidance from EEOC.

 

 

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $295 per session, $560 for both sessions (register by June 5).
  • Standard Tuition: $330 per session, $595 for both sessions (register June 6-17).
  • Rates per registrant. No split registrations.

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Webex to broadcast its Virtual Training Institute events. Many government computers and systems allow Webex access. If for some reason your firewall will not allow access, you’re welcome to use your personal email address to register, and to attend the sessions from your personal device.
  • Can I share my access link with co-workers?
    • No. Registration for this event is per individual, and access links may not be shared. Each link may only be used by one person.
  • Can I register a teleworker?
    • This event is individual registration, so the cost is the same whether the person is teleworking or in an agency facility.
  • Can I earn CLE credits or EEO refresher training for this class?
    • CLE applications are the responsibility of each attendee; FELTG does not apply for the credits on behalf of attendees.  If you are seeking CLE credit, attendees may use the materials provided by FELTG in submission to your state bar. Attendees may also request a certificate of completion which will contain the number of training hours attended. Attendees may also request a certificate for EEO refresher hours upon completion of this program.
  • How do I receive a group rate discount?
    • Group rates are available for agencies registering 10 or more individuals for the full event. Group discounts are available through June 5.

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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