Federal Workplace Training & Expo April 8 - 10, 2015 REGISTER AGENDA
 
Agenda At-a-Glance  
Workshops
EEO HLE ADR ATY CF THC BONUS
Equal Employment
Opportunity
HR/LR/ER Alternative
Dispute Resolution
Attorney/Legal cyberFEDS® Town Hall
Conversations
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

ADR-P1 Expectations, Performance and Retention in a Multi-Generational, Diverse Workplace

Megan Johnston, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Mediation Service
Izabela Solosi, Training Program Manager, Northern Virginia Mediation Service
Ronald Williams, Mediator, Northern Virginia Mediation Service



It’s possible to find as many as five generations working together in a department, which brings about a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Through research findings, survey results and examples you’ll discover the benefits of successfully engaging each group and individual effectively. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to practice effective communication approaches to prevent and address issues common to multi-generational workplaces.

Workshop takeaways
Describe how differences and similarities among generations manifest in the workplace
Employ techniques to improve interpersonal relationships within and between different generations
Use conflict resolution skills to better manage a diverse, multi-generational staff

ATY-P2 EEO Mock Hearing

Joseph Kaplan, Managing Partner, Founding Principal, Attorney, Passman & Kaplan
William Macauley, Chief Administrative Judge, New York District Office/National Hearings Coordinator,
     Office of Field Programs, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Donald J. Names, Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy
Patricia St. Clair, Assistant Director Federal Sector Programs, Training and Outreach Division,
     Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Robert Woods, Assistant General Counsel (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), Department of the Navy
This fast-paced workshop gives you an insider’s perspective of the EEO hearing process through demonstrations of opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, objections, the introduction of evidence, closing arguments and more. You’ll get expert guidance on each step of the process, along with practical tips to sharpen your skills and avoid mistakes.

Workshop takeaways
Explain the purpose of each stage of the hearing process
Learn the key aspects of each stage and how to avoid mistakes
Improve your role in the EEO process

CF-P3 Take Your cyberFEDS® Subscription to the Next Level — And Make It Work for You

cyberFEDS® Trainers, LRP Publications

Are you reaping all the benefits of your cyberFEDS® subscription? Our trainers will show you how to save valuable time and effort by narrowing your search results. You'll learn how to quickly locate on-point case law, practical guidance, specific documents and more through the use of simple searches, operators and wildcards as well as complex phrases. But that's not all. You'll also find out how cyberFEDS® can help you build professional capacity and keep you up to date on all federal workplace developments and legal trends. This half-day workshop also offers an opportunity to work hands-on with our trainers to find answers to your toughest challenges and search questions.

HLE-P4 Disciplinary Issues From A to Z

Peter Noone, Esq., Managing Partner, Avery, Dooley and Noone
Robin Wink, Esq., Owner/Lead Instructor, Rudman Wink Associates LLC

Become a master in disciplinary issues with a comprehensive overview of all the important federal employment concepts — one representing each letter of the alphabet! Mr. Noone and Ms. Wink will impart their expert knowledge to you as they explore the basic principles, identify pitfalls and single out best practices using actual cases and fact patterns, as well as their experience handling thousands of related cases. Great for those new to the field and seasoned practitioners looking for a refresher.

Workshop takeaways
Discuss the latest trends in federal employee disciplinary issues
Know the stages of the formal disciplinary process
Improve the fairness and effectiveness of employee disciplinary measures

HLE-P5 How to Negotiate a Contract

Steve Muir, Former Director, Labor and Employee Relations, Office of Comptroller of the Currency
Don Rider, Professor, Human Resources Management, University of Maryland University College
Steve Sharfstein, Chief of Labor Relations, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


Negotiating a contract carries numerous inherent risks. Gain a clear understanding of the dos and don’ts for the bargaining table as three veteran negotiators take you through the steps — from assembling a bargaining team and drafting proposals to thinking through important bargaining logistics. What’s more, because impasse proceedings are often critical in the federal sector, you’ll also explore mediators, the FSIP and other third-party neutrals who play a pivotal role in achieving a collective bargaining agreement.

Workshop takeaways
Create a checklist to keep track of key pre-negotiation “must dos”
Apply tips and strategies to select the members who are right for your bargaining team
Develop a systematic approach to evaluate the other party’s proposals
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

BONUS-P6 The Nuts and Bolts of Federal Retirement

John Grobe, President, Federal Career Experts

Learn the ins and outs of the federal retirement system for both CSRS and FERS, including eligibility requirements, annuity computations, survivor benefit elections, death benefits, Social Security and the Thrift Savings Plan. Whether you’re nearing retirement or have many years to go, federal retirement expert John Grobe will get you prepared with the knowledge needed to make critical decisions and to navigate your way through the complex process.

Workshop takeaways
Determine how much retirement income you’ll receive from your pension, Social Security and TSP
Identify the best TSP withdrawal option for you
Assess if a survivor annuity is right for you
Understand how your Social Security is computed

EEO-P7 Putting Our Best Foot Forward: A Refresher for EEO Counselors and Investigators
Annual favorite!

Oliver Allen, Founder, CEO, Training and Development Strategies LLC
Roslyn D. Brown, Strategic Human Capital and Public Policy Consultant
This session meets all standards established by the EEOC for the per annum training requirement for federal EEO counselors and investigators.
Get your required EEO refresher training and get the tools needed to address today’s most perplexing EEO situations in this full-day workshop! Through role-play, interactive exercises and gamification, you’ll stay energized as you delve into discussions on reasonable accommodation, transgender issues, implicit bias, and sex and race discrimination. Mr. Allen and Ms. Brown will also review laws and regulation updates (including MD-110) plus tackle the challenging EEO issues related to performance-management systems, suspensions, constructive discharges and discipline.

Workshop takeaways
Identify the bases of protection under Title VII
Explain the existing protections for transgender federal workers
Evaluate your agency’s policy on performance management, and act accordingly for possible resolution
Develop strategies for questioning and resolving EEO claims regarding promotion decisions
10 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
12 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
1:30 - 5 p.m.

ADR-P8 Developing Trust in a Virtual Work Environment

Joseph Swerdzewski, Managing Member, Joseph Swerdzewski & Associates

Using both lecture and interactive participant exercises, Mr. Swerdzewski will share how you foster communication and trust in your workplace and show you how to cultivate these skills for managing within an Internet- or telework-based environment. You’ll discover how to overcome employees’ feelings of isolation and detachment associated with telework, balance technical and interpersonal skills among virtual team members, and assess and recognize performance.

Workshop takeaways
Identify the five challenges of working in a virtual environment
Conduct effective meetings remotely, whether online or on the telephone
Understand the rights, responsibilities and role of a manager in a virtual workplace

ATY-P9 MSPB Mock Hearing
Annual favorite!

Laura M. Albornoz, Chief Administrative Judge, Merit Systems Protection Board
Michael Bogdanow, Legal Liaison, Office of Regional Operations, Merit Systems Protection Board
Chizoma Ihekere, Administrative Judge, Dallas Regional Office, Merit Systems Protection Board
Joseph Kaplan, Managing Partner, Founding Principal, Attorney, Passman & Kaplan
Patrick J. Mehan, Administrative Judge, Dallas Regional Office, Merit Systems Protection Board
Deborah Miron, Director of Regional Operations, Chief Administrative Judge,
     Merit Systems Protection Board

A Merit Systems Protection Board hearing is not a place you want to find yourself unprepared. This informative and realistic mock hearing — conducted by MSPB officials — will give you the full picture of the process. Background and evidentiary information for the scenario being played out will be shared as handouts, providing insight into how to take supportable actions. You’ll witness the practical aspects of the hearing, including objections, AJ rulings, direct and cross-examination, and findings.

Workshop takeaways
Understand the hearing stages in the MSPB process
Ask relevant questions at the hearing
Prepare a concise and focused closing argument that emphasizes key points

CF-P10 Working Your Way Through EEO and HR Processes

Robert Erbe, Attorney, Law Office of Robert P. Erbe, PLLC
Allison Uehling, cyber
FEDS® EEO Special Projects Editor, LRP Publications



Find out how cyberFEDS® can guide you through two of the longest, most complicated and challenging processes — EEO and discipline. And learn it from two experts in these fields. Ms. Uehling will demonstrate how cyberFEDS® can serve as an invaluable resource each step of the EEO process, so you can avoid undesirable results, such as claims of reprisal, sanctions and costly damage awards. In the second half of this workshop, Mr. Erbe will show you how you can use cyberFEDS® to guide you through various steps of the disciplinary process, from using Douglas factors to determine the appropriate penalty to delivering a termination or removal notice.

HLE-P11 Meetings, Meetings, Meetings: Weingarten and Formal Discussions

Steve Muir, Former Director, Labor and Employee Relations, Office of Comptroller of the Currency
Don Rider, Professor, Human Resources Management, University of Maryland University College
Steve Sharfstein, Chief of Labor Relations, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


When meeting with employees or union representatives, you need to be aware of the special rules governing formal discussions and Weingarten meetings. Employee discussions involving EEO complaints, performance counseling and grievances often create confusion and sometimes trigger specific legal obligations. In addition to statutory requirements, many collective bargaining agreements also contain requirements regarding meetings. By gaining a more nuanced understanding of this complex landscape, you’ll be better prepared to protect your agency from unfair labor practices.

Workshop takeaways
Recognize meeting situations that require advance notice to the union
Identify when the Weingarten right applies — and when it does not
Examine how contract language and past practices can impact the rules for meeting with employees

HLE-P12 Advanced Employee Relations: Selected Topics Advanced

Barbara Haga, ER/LR Consultant; President, Federal HR Services Inc.

This workshop is designed for those with experience in dealing with disciplinary matters and using disciplinary and adverse actions to correct misconduct. Ms. Haga will cover what’s included in definitions of disciplinary charges such as insubordination, theft, sexual harassment and failure to meet conditions of employment as well as how to get the right information in the pre-action investigation. She’ll also cover medical-related cases, resignations and retirements. You’ll leave being able to determine when a resignation or retirement is voluntary and when it isn’t, and know what happens when the MSPB finds such an action involuntary.

Workshop takeaways
Craft the right charge to deal with the conduct deficiency
Advise managers on preparing the pre-action investigation so that the charges will be upheld
Explain the requirements for ordering and offering medical documentation and how to use the information to support inability to perform or excessive absence charges
3 - 3:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sessions
EEO HLE ADR ATY CF THC BONUS
Equal Employment
Opportunity
HR/LR/ER Alternative
Dispute Resolution
Attorney/Legal cyberFEDS® Town Hall
Conversations
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10 a.m.

Opening Plenary
Be That Change Agent
Bruce Stewart Bruce Stewart, Former Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Personnel Management

Tired of hearing about the need for inclusion and employee engagement? OPM’s Bruce Stewart will show you how to actually do something about it. An engaging and inspiring speaker, Mr. Stewart will explain the concept of inclusive intelligence, what it has to do with the new IQ, and how it can all be used to increase innovation and collaboration.
10 - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

ADR1 Managing Conflict With High-Conflict Employees

Merri Hanson, Director, Peninsula Mediation & ADR

Who hasn’t struggled to communicate or negotiate with a high-conflict employee? These blamers and emotionally toxic individuals can sideline or sabotage our effectiveness unless we learn more functional methods for interacting with them. While one session can’t help you change the high-conflict employee, Ms. Hanson will give you practical strategies and methods for managing your interactions with them more effectively and comfortably.

Session takeaways
Recognize personality disorders and common high-conflict employee manifestations
Communicate more effectively with high-conflict employees
Develop the must-have skills for de-escalation

ATY1 Ensuring Hatch Act Compliance for the 2016 Election

Ana Marrone, Chief, Hatch Act Unit, Office of Special Counsel

Social media has made it very easy for federal employees to unintentionally violate the Hatch Act. Simply sharing a post that has a link to contribute to a political candidate can spell trouble. With the 2016 presidential election only months away, it’s more critical than ever that you and your staff know the Hatch Act pitfalls. Ms. Marrone will share the OSC’s recently expanded guidance, along with lessons from recent advisory opinions.

Session takeaways
Advise HR professionals and managers on prohibited and permitted political activities
Identify the social media activities that are prohibited by the Hatch Act
Analyze situations involving political activity, and apply the corresponding regulations

CF1 Effectively Using Compensatory Damages Awards Data

Allison Uehling, cyberFEDS® EEO Special Projects Editor, LRP Publications

Whether you are determining a proper settlement figure or supporting your arguments before an EEOC administrative judge, it helps to know the compensatory damages awarded in similar cases. Ms. Uehling will walk you through the numerous tools on cyberFEDS®, such as the exclusive Compensatory Damages Charts, and show you how to use them to make effective decisions.

EEO1 Unconscious Bias and You

Madeline Caliendo, Associate Administrator, Office of Civil Rights, General Services Administration
Aaron Scurlock, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Civil Rights, General Services Administration

As humans we all have unconscious biases. It is part of the human condition, and it can unwittingly and very quickly result in unlawful discrimination. Ms. Caliendo and Mr. Scurlock will explain how to address unconscious bias in the workplace, and share best practices for limiting its effects on your workforce.

Session takeaways
Identify unconscious bias, and explain how it works
Develop strategies to prevent unconscious bias from becoming unlawful discrimination
Educate managers and hiring officials about how unconscious bias can seep into interactions with their employees and job candidates

HLE1 Anatomy of a Grievance

Dominic Murgo, Human Resource Specialist, Office of Human Capital, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Andrew Pizzi, Conflict Resolution Practitioner
Don Rider, Professor, Human Resources Management, University of Maryland University College

This interactive session will present three live vignettes representing 1) the drafting and filing of a grievance, 2) initial screening of the grievance , and 3) a grievance Step Meeting conducted by a the designated management official.  After each vignette, the presenters will detail the key considerations for both agency and union representatives at that specific stage. Plus, you’ll get in on the action as you are invited to share your thoughts and critique the conduct of the grievant as well as agency and union representatives.

Session takeaways
Identify strategies and tactics for effectively prosecuting and responding to grievances
Compile a list of vital dos and don’ts for grievances
Suggest ways to make the grievance process work more effectively

THC1 Town Hall Conversation With MSPB Chair Susan Tsui Grundmann

Moderator: Debra L. Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C.
12 - 1:30 p.m Lunch on your own
1:30 - 3 p.m.

ATY2 MSPB Case Law Update

Sam Vitaro, Labor Arbitrator; Mediator; Fact-Finder; Consultant

Mr. Vitaro, author of numerous publications on federal employment law, will review the most significant rulings by the MSPB and Federal Circuit over the past 12 months. Find out how the board is ruling on unacceptable performance, whistleblower appeals, adverse actions, veterans’ rights and more.

Session takeaways
Be better prepared to defend your actions
Identify trends in federal workplace litigation
Avoid employment decisions that land your agency in front of MSPB

ATY3 Reasonable Accommodation and Mental Impairments Advanced

William Macauley, Supervisory Administrative Judge, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
     New York Office

One in four adults experiences mental illness in a given year, and the number of employees disclosing that they have psychiatric disabilities continues to rise. Judge Macauley will share EEOC guidelines on reasonable accommodation and get you up to date on recent cases.

Session takeaways
Develop strategies for prosecuting and defending psychiatric disability cases at hearing
Discuss the fact patterns of critical cases in this area
Identify potential reasonable accommodations for individuals with psychiatric disabilities

BONUS1 Human Capital: Closing the Gaps in HR Skills Advanced

Ventris Gibson, Director of Human Resources, District of Columbia
Jeffrey Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International; Publisher,
ChiefHRO.com
John M. Palguta, Former Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Is your HR Department providing excellent customer service? Are you providing managers with what they need to make effective decisions? Is your department a help or a hindrance when it comes to the hiring process? HR must be more than the enforcer of the rules. Our esteemed panel will explain why HR is mission-critical and the steps you need to take to ensure that everyone in your department has the skills necessary to deliver great results, whether they involve employee engagement, workplace flexibility or hiring reform.

Session takeaways
Identify the areas where your HR department needs to improve
Determine how those skill gaps were created
Discuss ways to close those gaps

CF2 What Do I Do When ... Finding Solutions to EEO, ER and LR Challenges

Barbara Haga, ER/LR Consultant; President, Federal HR Services Inc.
Leslie Lake, Editorial Director, cyber
FEDS®, LRP Publications

Workplace lessons come to life! Video scenarios will illustrate common supervisory snafus that can lead to major EEO, employee relations and labor relations headaches. Our federal experts Ms. Haga and Ms. Lake will show you how to use cyberFEDS® to address these mistakes and prevent them from happening in your agency.

EEO2 Religious Discrimination in the Federal Workplace

Kelly Goode, EEO Officer, National Gallery of Art
Delia Johnson, Consultant, EEO/Diversity, Johnson & Associates

As religion is discussed and expressed more openly in the workplace, HR and EEO professionals now find themselves having to balance religious freedom with employees’ right to be free of harassment. Ms. Goode and Ms. Johnson will explore the issues that arise in religious discrimination claims, with a focus on a particularly prevalent problem today: harassment of Muslim employees. You’ll learn strategies for creating a workplace that is inclusive of individuals with non-mainstream religions and religious practices.

Session takeaways
Advise EEO and HR staff and managers on religion-related workplace issues
Recognize situations that may lead to religious discrimination and harassment
Handle and respond to claims of religious discrimination

HLE2 Your Move: The Law, Rules and Alternative Approaches to Space Allocations

Lu-Ann Glaser, Manager, National Programs and Initiatives, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Philip T. Roberts, Regional Director, Boston Regional Office, Federal Labor Relations Authority
Kurt Rumsfeld, Assistant General Counsel for Operations and Legal Policy, Federal Labor Relations Authority
Sue Scheider, National Labor Relations Officer, General Services Administration

Office moves and workplace redesigns raise many challenges, and their effective resolution requires a thorough understanding of the negotiations process as well as GSA’s important role in the office space allocation process. Discover all you need to know about federal space management, including GSA’s leasing process, the Reduce the Footprint mandate and OMB memoranda. Then, through real-life case studies and role-playing exercises, you’ll learn how to develop effective strategies for addressing the common labor-management issues that arise.

Session takeaways
Advise agency officials on bargaining issues related to office moves and workplace redesign
Explain how GSA acquires office space for federal agencies
Use pre-decisional involvement and other collaborative problem-solving strategies for labor-management issues related to space allocation
3 - 3:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

ATY4 Developments in Veterans' Rights Under VEOA and USERRA

Laura M. Albornoz, Chief Administrative Judge, Merit Systems Protection Board
Patrick J. Mehan, Administrative Judge, Merit Systems Protection Board

The MSPB report, Veterans' Employment Redress Laws in the Federal Civil Service, made it clear: It is crucial that agencies promptly give veterans, preference eligibles and service members all of their entitlements. It’s not only the right thing to do. An agency that fails to do it may be required to reconstruct what would have occurred if the laws had been followed properly — and that can be expensive for agencies and harmful to innocent bystanders who may need to be removed from positions through no fault of their own. Two experts from the MSPB will explain how you can avoid these problems.

Session takeaways
Identify the special authorities agencies are required to use for veterans
Explain the differences between the elements of VEOA and USERRA
Discuss recent veterans’ rights decisions by MSPB

CF3 Time-Saving Tips and Tools

cyberFEDS® Trainers, LRP Publications

Here’s your chance to learn numerous cyberFEDS® tips, tools and shortcuts that will save you an incredible amount of time and effort. Plus, you’ll discover resources, documents and practical guidance available on cyberFEDS® that you may not even know exists.

HLE3 Engaging the Hearts of Employees

Linda Stracke, Executive Leadership Coach
Michael West, Leadership Coach/Consultant, Michael West & Associates

With the Office of Personnel Management closely watching how agencies perform on the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, it’s critical that you know how to engage your employees. This session goes beyond the rhetoric to show you how. Ms. Stracke and Mr. West will detail current successful approaches to engagement, and explain the importance of gratitude and appreciation. You’ll learn the latest neuroscience research, elements of engagement, and how reward and influencing factors, and motivational value systems play a role in engagement.

Session takeaways
Explain the distinction between “employee engagement” and “engaged employee”
Discuss the neuroscience of engagement.
Describe the underlying concepts of employee engagement

HLE4 Ready, Set, Ask the Employee and Labor Relations Experts

Barbara Haga, ER/LR Consultant; President, Federal HR Services Inc.
Steve Muir, Former Director, Labor and Employee Relations, Office of Comptroller of the Currency
Steve Sharfstein, Chief of Labor Relations, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Sam Vitaro, Labor Arbitrator; Mediator; Fact-Finder; Consultant

Take some time to talk with some of FDR’s most popular and knowledgeable speakers. Mr. Muir and Mr. Sharfstein will help you tackle your specific labor relations troubles. Tap Ms. Haga’s expertise on leave, discipline and other ER topics. Or follow up with Mr. Vitaro on any questions from his MSPB Case Law Update. Each expert will be available to talk you through your toughest challenges.

THC2 Town Hall Conversation with EEOC's Carlton Hadden

Moderator: Patricia St. Clair, Assistant Director, Federal Sector Programs, Training and Outreach Division,
     Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Sessions
EEO HLE ADR ATY CF THC BONUS
Equal Employment
Opportunity
HR/LR/ER Alternative
Dispute Resolution
Attorney/Legal cyberFEDS® Town Hall
Conversations
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10 a.m.

ADR2 Strengthening Your Emotional Intelligence

Benjamin Alexander, Senior Partner, Alexander Training & Consulting Inc.
Debra Alexander, Senior Partner, Alexander Training & Consulting Inc.

As a dispute resolution professional, your role is that of a neutral and objective third party. You resolve disputes using a wide range of tools and techniques, including your professional presence — which means you must be constantly aware of yourself and others, and use that awareness to recognize and advance opportunities and options for resolution. Discover how emotional intelligence can be used to increase your skills, competencies and overall effectiveness.

Session takeaways
Describe the importance and practical applications of emotional intelligence
Identify the key components of emotional intelligence
Develop a plan for raising your emotional intelligence

ATY5 FLRA Case Law Update

Steve Sharfstein, Chief of Labor Relations, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Mr. Sharfstein will review the FLRA’s most critical cases over the past year, including decisions on meetings, overtime, unfair labor practices and arbitration exceptions. You’ll also learn valuable lessons that can be gleaned from recent Federal Service Impasses Panel decisions.

Session takeaways
Use recent FLRA decisions to evaluate your workplace policies for compliance
Apply recent case law to determine your actions
Identify trends in federal labor relations litigation

ATY6-I Defending Adverse Actions Before MSPB, EEOC and in Arbitration, Part I

Robert Erbe, Attorney, Law Office of Robert P. Erbe, PLLC

Employees who are subject to adverse actions may have different avenues of redress. When your agency is defending adverse actions, you must be prepared to effectively litigate the case depending upon what forum you find yourself before. Mr. Erbe will draw from his vast experience to help you create a strategy when defending adverse actions whether it’s before the MSPB, EEOC or in arbitration.

Session takeaways
Identify the different burdens of proof and case law in defending adverse actions in each forum
Explain the difference between Douglas factor and EEOC disparate treatment claims
Write winning motions for decisions without a hearing before the EEOC

BONUS2 Hiring, Retaining and Engaging a Younger Federal Workforce Advanced

Mika Cross, Strategic Communications, Outreach Division, Veterans Employment Training Service,
    Department of Labor
Virginia Hill, Program Manager, Partnership for Public Service; Past President, Young Government Leaders
Moderator: John M. Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

It may not have been the predicted “tsunami,” but retirements are increasing, and you need to develop strategies to recruit and retain the right talent. Many organizations’ plans involve finding mid-level talent and phasing employees into retirement. While that’s a good place to begin, it will not be effective unless you immediately start doing a better job of finding and keeping young talent. Hear our experts’ insights on changing workplace demographics as well as effective strategies for recruiting Millennials and managing generational differences.

Session takeaways
Identify what motivates Millennial employees
Explain how to engage employees of all generations
Discuss the business plan for creating developmental opportunities

CF4 Selecting the Right Arbitrator

Don Rider, Professor, Human Resources Management, University of Maryland University College

The grievance is going to arbitration, and you now face the decision that will likely have the biggest impact on the outcome: selecting the arbitrator. Mr. Rider, a federal labor relations expert, will show you how to analyze the arbitrators’ biographies and statistics found exclusively on cyberFEDS® to select the arbitrator most advantageous to your case.

EEO3 Building and Maintaining a Collaborative Relationship Between EEO and HR Advanced

Willisa Donald, Director, Office of Equal Rights, Federal Emergency Management Agency

One of the most important workplace relationships should, and must, reside between the EEO and HR offices. Unfortunately, the two groups are often at odds. Ms. Donald will provide EEO and HR professionals with tools to establish and build a strong working relationship. You’ll learn how to develop a road map of overarching responsibilities and use the MD-715 to initiate the process.

Session takeaways
Explain how the agency benefits from a collaborative relationship between EEO and HR
Identify the HR component in every EEO program
Discuss how to create dual involvement in strategic workforce shaping and planning initiatives

HLE5 The Top 20 MSPB Cases That Everyone Must Know

Michael Bogdanow, Legal Liaison, Office of Regional Operations, Merit Systems Protection Board
Patrick J. Mehan, Administrative Judge, Dallas Regional Office, Merit Systems Protection Board

So many cases, so little time! Experts at the MSPB have identified the board cases you absolutely need to know, whether you’re advising managers or practicing before the board. Mr. Bogdanow and Mr. Mehan will provide an overview of the MSPB’s responsibilities, then lead a discussion on the most influential decisions by the MSPB — the cases that have impacted adverse and performance-based actions, appeal rights and other matters.

Session takeaways
Identify which issues fall directly — and indirectly — under the MSPB
Recognize the impact of federal case law on agency actions
Implement best practices and avoid pitfalls when preparing to defend a case before the board

THC3 Town Hall Conversation With FMCS Director Allison Beck

Moderator: Denise McKenney, EEO Director, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
10 - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

ADR3 Settlement and Mediation: 60 Tips in 60 Minutes

Michael Bogdanow, Legal Liaison, Office of Regional Operations, Merit Systems Protection Board
Chizoma Ihekere, Administrative Judge, Dallas Regional Office, Merit Systems Protection Board
Patrick J. Mehan, Administrative Judge, Dallas Regional Office, Merit Systems Protection Board
Deborah Miron, Director of Regional Operations, Chief Administrative Judge, Merit Systems Protection Board

Many people think of negotiation as more art than science. However, years of research and training have shown that these skills can be taught. Make a commitment to improving your skills while having fun in this fast-paced session. You’ll walk away with 60 tips for negotiation success from seasoned professionals.

Session takeaways
Identify the keys to a successful settlement
Discuss potential barriers to successful mediation
Recognize the importance of mediation

ATY1-R Ensuring Hatch Act Compliance for the 2016 Election [R]

Ana Marrone, Chief, Hatch Act Unit, Office of Special Counsel

Social media has made it very easy for federal employees to unintentionally violate the Hatch Act. Simply sharing a post that has a link to contribute to a political candidate can spell trouble. With the 2016 presidential election only months away, it’s more critical than ever that you and your staff know the Hatch Act pitfalls. Ms. Marrone will share the OSC’s recently expanded guidance, along with lessons from recent advisory opinions.

Session takeaways
Advise HR professionals and managers on prohibited and permitted political activities
Identify the social media activities that are prohibited by the Hatch Act
Analyze situations involving political activity, and apply the corresponding regulations

ATY6-II Defending Adverse Actions Before MSPB, EEOC and in Arbitration, Part II

Robert Erbe, Attorney, Law Office of Robert P. Erbe, PLLC

Employees who are subject to adverse actions may have different avenues of redress. When your agency is defending adverse actions, you must be prepared to effectively litigate the case depending upon what forum you find yourself before. Mr. Erbe will draw from his vast experience to help you create a strategy when defending adverse actions whether it’s before the MSPB, EEOC or in arbitration.

Session takeaways
Identify the different burdens of proof and case law in defending adverse actions in each forum
Explain the difference between Douglas factor and EEOC disparate treatment claims
Write winning motions for decisions without a hearing before the EEOC

ATY7 Limiting Your Agency’s Liability for Harassment

Jo Linda Johnson, Director of Civil Rights, Transportation Security Administration

An unprecedented number of harassment claims continue to flood the EEOC. It's hard to get a handle on what constitutes harassment — or how to stop it. And it's not just sexual harassment. Other types of harassment are growing, even though they are often overlooked. To successfully shield your agency from liability, you must understand all aspects of harassment. Ms. Johnson will review recent case law, and share guidance on recognizing and responding to harassment claims.

Session takeaways
Identify the factors that contribute to a hostile environment
Adopt best practices to stop and correct harassment
Apply lessons learned from harassment case law

BONUS3 Legislative Update

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

With just months to go until we elect a new president, election year politics will take center stage not only on the campaign trail, but also in Congress. What does it mean for you as a federal employee? After years of financial uncertainty, sequestration and the threat of another government shutdown, are the clouds finally clearing? Spoiler alert: It’s still dark skies ahead. Will your annuity stay intact? What about a pay raise? What workplace-related bills are being discussed? Ms. Klement will bring you the latest on what’s been proposed, what is expected to be proposed and the likelihood that any of it will pass.

Session takeaways
Identify the legislation being discussed that could have an impact on the federal workforce
Use the content shared to make informed decisions about your retirement
Understand the impact of the upcoming election on federal workplace issues

CF5 Getting Up to Speed With Quick Start Guides

Leslie Lake, cyberFEDS® Editorial Director, LRP Publications
Deb McKinnon, cyberFEDS® Director, LRP Publications

Quick Start Guides … every cyberFEDS® user’s best friend. Whether you are trying to learn about a unique area of law or simply want to locate the most critical case decisions on a topic, QSGs are the place to begin, with topic overviews, supporting statutes and regulations, and links to significant case law. Find out how using QSGs is like having a research assistant gather the most important things you need to know about the issues you have to handle.

EEO4 Creating an Inclusive Workplace for Transgender Employees

Wesley Garson, Attorney, Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
William G. Haskin Jr., Associate Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Office of Civilian Human Resources,
    Department of the Navy

Transgender employees face many challenges in the workplace while transitioning. You’ll learn about the terms and questions that might not be appropriate when engaging with transgender employees, along with helpful policies to protect employees from discrimination. Then, you’ll explore the extremely dynamic area of law regarding protecting federal transgender employees from discrimination. Through discussion of the most recent legal decisions, you’ll get current with today’s expectations of nondiscrimination enforcement.

Session takeaways
Explain the importance of developing agency policy for employees who plan to transition from one gender to another
Discuss employees’ legal protection from gender identify discrimination
Develop practical approaches for achieving workplace inclusion for transgender, gender nonconforming and gender transitioning employees

THC4 Town Hall Conversation With FLRA Member Ernest DuBester

Moderator: Jeffrey Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International; Publisher, ChiefHRO.com
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Plenary
A View of the Federal Workforce From the White House
Sponsored by The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program
Donna Brazile Donna Brazile, Political Strategist, Adjunct Professor, Author, Syndicated Columnist

The election season is upon us, and soon a new administration will be transitioning into the White House. Ms. Brazile, the first African-American woman to lead a major presidential campaign, will share her experiences as a political strategist, discuss life on the campaign trail, and provide an inside peek at what those in the White House (and those on the road there) think about the federal workforce.
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Dessert Break
2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

ADR4 Facilitated Problem-Solving: A Proactive Approach to Conflict Resolution

David Huang, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Rozmyn Miller, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Many disputes may not rise to the level of an EEO complaint, yet still impact morale, creativity and productivity. Mr. Huang and Ms. Miller will explain how to use facilitative problem-solving to help you disengage from behaviors that escalate conflict while challenging you to work collaboratively to create resolutions that are reciprocal and sustainable. You’ll participate in a small group activity and demonstration, exhibiting how to work collaboratively to create solutions that are reciprocal and sustainable.

Session takeaways
Explain how to use facilitated problem-solving as an effective conflict resolution process
Identify several innovative conflict resolution tips
Improve the efficiency, productivity and cohesiveness of your work unit

ATY8 PPPs and Personalities — Investigating and Mediating Cases Involving Whistleblowers

Laura M. Albornoz, Chief Administrative Judge, Merit Systems Protection Board
Jane Juliano, ADR Unit Chief, Office of Special Counsel
Louis Lopez, Associate Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel

Whistleblowers find themselves in difficult situations, sensing pressure to disclose government wrongdoing at the risk of damaging their careers. Strong feelings and opinions often develop by the time a case reaches the Office of Special Counsel. Gain a clear understanding of all the prohibited personnel practices with a focus on developments in federal whistleblower protection laws straight from representatives of the OSC and MSPB. In addition, you’ll learn how the OSC investigates and mediates these cases and the MSPB’s role in adjudicating claims of whistleblower retaliation.

Session takeaways
Recognize the unique dynamics and issues presented in claims brought by whistleblowers
Explain the federal processes available to investigate, mediate and resolve claims of whistleblower retaliation
Approach the investigation and mediation processes to better achieve mutually acceptable resolutions

ATY9 EEO Case Law Update

Donald J. Names, Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy

One of FDR attendees’ favorite speakers helms this session — a must for all EEO professionals, agency counsel and HR practitioners. Mr. Names will review all the critical cases over the past year, including religious discrimination, reasonable accommodation, retaliation, sex-based discrimination and more. As always, you’ll leave with a thorough understanding of the most relevant cases, as well as numerous other cases of interest.

Session takeaways
Identify trends in federal EEO litigation
Understand how Supreme Court and EEOC decisions can impact agency employment and EEO practices
Apply the lessons learned from recent disability decisions

CF3-R Time-Saving Tips and Tools [R]

cyberFEDS® Trainers, LRP Publications

Here’s your chance to learn numerous cyberFEDS® tips, tools and shortcuts that will save you an incredible amount of time and effort. Plus, you’ll discover resources, documents and practical guidance available on cyberFEDS® that you may not even know exists.

EEO5 EEO Reprisal: Lessons From the Trenches

Oliver Allen, Founder, CEO, Training and Development Strategies LLC
Roslyn D. Brown, Strategic Human Capital and Public Policy Consultant

Retaliation remains the top complaint among agencies, and the problem continues to grow. Here is your chance to get insiders’ guidance to keep your agency from adding to the count. FDR favorites Roslyn Brown and Oliver Allen will draw from their more than 60 years of combined experience. You’ll learn how retaliation can occur, and explore the human side of being named in a retaliation complaint.

Session takeaways
Determine if there is a nexus between the protected EEO activity and the agency’s action
Identify what agency representatives should avoid doing and saying once an EEO complaint is filed
Advise supervisors on how to continue managing employees who have filed EEO complaints

EEO6 Reasonable Accommodation: When Conditions Impact Ability to Get to Work

Joseph Kaplan, Managing Partner, Founding Principal, Attorney, Passman & Kaplan

Perhaps the most contentious of all accommodation questions is whether an agency is required to reasonably accommodate an employee who has a disability that creates a barrier to that individual’s ability to commute to work. Telework is a complex accommodation that causes a lot of agency confusion. The result is an increasing number of EEOC decisions favoring the employee. Attorney Joseph Kaplan will help you keep your agency from running afoul of the Rehabilitation Act.

Session takeaways
Determine whether regular attendance is an essential job function
Identify the appropriate questions to ask when determining whether to grant a telework accommodation
Compare telework with other effective accommodations

HLE6-I FMLA Compliance for Experienced Practitioners, Part I Advanced

Barbara Haga, ER/LR Consultant; President, Federal HR Services Inc.

Already knee-deep in administering Title II of FMLA? Then this two-part session is for you. Ms. Haga will cover important aspects of FMLA regarding the major issues agencies face, such as defining serious health conditions and getting the right medical documentation, dealing with intermittent as well as repeat FMLA absences, and when action is warranted regarding FMLA usage. Ms. Haga will illustrate real-life examples throughout to explain how these aspects appear in agencies.

Session takeaways
Provide examples of when the MSPB has found situations that were — and were not — covered
Advise managers on requirements for medical certification, provisional leave and recertification requirements
Explain how the substitution of paid leave works for employees’ own serious health conditions and for care of family members

THC5 Town Hall Conversation With OSC

Eric Bachman, Deputy Special Counsel, Litigation and Legal Affairs
Moderator: Debra L. Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C.
4 - 5 p.m.

ADR5 Workplace Bullying and Harassment: What Do You Do?

Denise McKenney, EEO Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Jimmy Valentine, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Equip yourself with practical workplace tools for disarming the bully and learn what defines bullying, adults behaving badly and micro-inequities. Ms. McKenney and Mr. Valentine will discuss the “process” of bullying and its costs, both monetary and emotional, on workplace productivity. Then you’ll put your new tools to the test, as you practice dialogue to counteract or resolve negative behaviors.

Session takeaways
Identify routes for resolution of micro-inequities, adults behaving badly and bullying behavior
Describe the nexus between negative workplace behavior and the EEO process
Articulate verbal and display nonverbal responses to act as deterrents to bullying and negative workplace behaviors

ATY10 EEO Case Law Update: Upon Further Review Advanced

Elyssa Santos-Abrams, Appellate Review Attorney, Office of Federal Operations, Equal Employment
    Opportunity Commission

First attend Don Names’ EEO Case Law Update, then get ready to dig deeper into recent EEO decisions! Ms. Santos-Abrams will spend significant time focusing on what that EEOC identifies as the most important decisions of the past year and what it is sees as critical trends for which agencies must prepare. This session will give you an insider’s insight into EEOC’s priorities as we close in on a new fiscal year.

CF1-R Effectively Using Compensatory Damages Awards Data [R]

Allison Uehling, cyberFEDS® EEO Special Projects Editor, LRP Publications

Whether you are determining a proper settlement figure or supporting your arguments before an EEOC administrative judge, it helps to know the compensatory damages awarded in similar cases. Ms. Uehling will walk you through the numerous tools on cyberFEDS®, such as the exclusive Compensatory Damages Charts, and show you how to use them to make effective decisions.

EEO7 Ready, Set, Ask the EEO Experts     

Oliver Allen, Founder, CEO, Training and Development Strategies LLC
Roslyn D. Brown, Strategic Human Capital and Public Policy Consultant
Wesley Garson, Attorney, Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
William G. Haskin Jr., Associate Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Office of Civilian Human Resources,
    Department of the Navy
Donald J. Names, Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy

Take some time to meet up with our group of EEO experts. Mr. Allen and Ms. Brown, longtime FDR favorites, have seen it all and can talk you through problems you have with any step of the EEO process. Tap into the knowledge that Mr. Garson and Mr. Haskin can offer on creating an inclusive workplace for transgender, gender nonconforming and gender transitioning employees. Or follow up with the venerable Mr. Names on any questions regarding EEO case law. Each expert will be available to talk you through your toughest challenges.

EEO8 Is the Model EEO Program Fact or Fantasy? An Open Forum for EEO Directors      Advanced

Madeline Caliendo, Associate Administrator, Office of Civil Rights, General Services Administration
Kelly Goode, EEO Officer, National Gallery of Art
Jo Linda Johnson, Director of Civil Rights, Transportation Security Administration

Our distinguished panel of EEO leaders will guide you through an open, thoughtful and candid discussion on the practices that have improved EEO in federal government and identify others that have not worked or changed the EEO environment, despite their widespread support.

HLE6-II FMLA Compliance for Experienced Practitioners, Part II Advanced

Barbara Haga, ER/LR Consultant; President, Federal HR Services Inc.

Already knee-deep in administering Title II of FMLA? Then this two-part session is for you. Ms. Haga will cover important aspects of FMLA regarding the major issues agencies face, such as defining serious health conditions and getting the right medical documentation, dealing with intermittent as well as repeat FMLA absences, and when action is warranted regarding FMLA usage. Ms. Haga will illustrate real-life examples throughout to explain how these aspects appear in agencies.

HLE7 Taking Steps to Curb Admin Leave

Robert Erbe, Attorney, Law Office of Robert P. Erbe, PLLC

Recent media attention has highlighted the abuse of paid administrative leave by multiple federal agencies. A 2015 Senate Judiciary Report questions agencies’ use of admin leave, its inefficient use of taxpayer resources and fairness to federal employees. With no statutory authority, admin leave is an exercise of agency discretion provided there is a legitimate government purpose and its duration is limited. Mr. Erbe will discuss the origins of admin leave and more efficient ways to take the appropriate action to protect your agency and the federal employee.

Session takeaways
Identify the limited circumstances in which administrative leave should be used
Ensure that managers who wish to place an employee on admin leave have an end game in sight
Implement alternatives to placing the employee in a paid leave status
Sessions
EEO HLE ADR ATY CF THC BONUS
Equal Employment
Opportunity
HR/LR/ER Alternative
Dispute Resolution
Attorney/Legal cyberFEDS® Town Hall
Conversations
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

BONUS4 To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Social Media and the Federal Workplace

Mika Cross, Strategic Communications, Outreach Division, Veterans Employment Training Service,
     Department of Labor
Ana Marrone, Chief, Hatch Act Unit, Office of Special Counsel
Robin Wink, Esq., Owner/Instructor, Rudman Wink Associates LLC
Moderator: Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

As a federal HR leader, you cannot ignore social media; it’s where you’ll find your agency’s customers, as well as your future employees. Ubiquitous smartphones, confusing HR rules and regulations, and unique individual personalities have combined to make workplace-related social media a hotbed of innovation and, yes, calamity. How do you effectively use social media to help your agency meet its mission? How do you balance your personal and work lives online? And how do you avoid making damaging decisions, particularly in a national election year? Our expert panel will provide you with guidance on effectively using social media as a work tool while avoiding the pitfalls that could lead to embarrassment and discipline.

Session takeaways
Create effective strategies for using social media to further agency mission
Develop a framework for managing social media issues in the workplace
Discuss Millennials’ more fluid approach to technology

EEO4-R Creating an Inclusive Workplace for Transgender Employees [R]

Wesley Garson, Attorney, Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
William G. Haskin Jr., Associate Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Office of Civilian Human Resources,
    Department of the Navy

Transgender employees face many challenges in the workplace while transitioning. You’ll learn about the terms and questions that might not be appropriate when engaging with transgender employees, along with helpful policies to protect employees from discrimination. Then, you’ll explore the extremely dynamic area of law regarding protecting federal transgender employees from discrimination. Through discussion of the most recent legal decisions, you’ll get current with today’s expectations of nondiscrimination enforcement.

Session takeaways
Explain the importance of developing agency policy for employees who plan to transition from one gender to another
Discuss employees’ legal protection from gender identify discrimination
Develop practical approaches for achieving workplace inclusion for transgender, gender nonconforming and gender transitioning employees

EEO9 Legal Sufficiency Reviews and the New MD-110

Donald King, Co-Chair, Federal EEO and Civil Rights Council; Complaints Manager, NASA

Looking for guidance on the new MD-110? Mr. King has your answers! He’ll address current challenges and detail agency success stories in implementing the conflict of interest provisions, particularly in regard to the legal sufficiency review function. You’ll learn about the issues for attorneys assigned to EEO offices, as well as their legal obligations regarding complaint processing. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to identify future challenges to process integrity and share ideas for how EEO and legal offices can coexist.

Session takeaways
Discuss the historical contention between EEO and legal offices over the involvement of agency attorneys in legal sufficiency reviews
Address the new MD-110 provisions and issues and challenges in its implementation
Identify best practices from agencies that have successfully rectified this issue

HLE8 The Wayward Disciplinary Action: How to Right the Course

J. Douglas Whitaker, Senior Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, Office of Principal Legal Advisor, Immigration and
   Customs Enforcement

Just one due process or procedural error can sink your agency’s disciplinary action. And whether it’s discovered during the proposal stage, decision stage or, worse, the administrative appeal stage, even a seemingly minor error must be addressed. Some errors may require rescinding the action, while other errors can be corrected, thus salvaging the action. Mr. Whitaker will explain how ELR specialists and attorneys can address these errors at the proposal letter, decision letter and administrative appeal stages.

Session takeaways
Identify common due process and procedural errors in the discipline process
Recognize the courses of action to correct the wayward disciplinary action
Explain how to work with HR to right the wrong

THC6 Town Hall Conversation With OPM

Beth Cobert, Acting Director, Office of Personnel Management
Moderator: Jeffrey Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International; Publisher, ChiefHRO.com
10 - 11 a.m.

ADR5-R Workplace Bullying and Harassment: What Do You Do? [R]

Denise McKenney, EEO Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Jimmy Valentine, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Equip yourself with practical workplace tools for disarming the bully and learn what defines bullying, adults behaving badly and micro-inequities. Ms. McKenney and Mr. Valentine will discuss the “process” of bullying and its costs, both monetary and emotional, on workplace productivity. Then you’ll put your new tools to the test, as you practice dialogue to counteract or resolve negative behaviors.

Session takeaways
Identify routes for resolution of micro-inequities, adults behaving badly and bullying behavior
Describe the nexus between negative workplace behavior and the EEO process
Articulate verbal and display nonverbal responses to act as deterrents to bullying and negative workplace behaviors

EEO10-I Supercharge Your EEO Program, Part I Advanced

Oliver Allen, Founder, CEO, Training and Development Strategies LLC
Roslyn D. Brown, Strategic Human Capital and Public Policy Consultant

Build a business model that will change your brand and increase the effectiveness of your EEO program. Through lecture, group discussions and learning activities, you’ll learn how to supercharge your office functionality. Mr. Allen and Ms. Brown will share how to maximize special emphasis programs and use alternative and innovative methods when a budget doesn’t exist, all the while reducing complaints. You’ll leave with strategies for implementing programs that engage, entertain and educate employees and managers.

Session takeaways
Develop a productive EEO business model
Brand and market your EEO program
Collaborate with other agencies and organizations

HLE9-I A Discipline Quandary: Do You Rehab or Remove a Problem Employee? Part I

Robert Grant, CEO/President, The Grant Group

What should you do if an employee admits misconduct and shows remorse? What if the employee takes no responsibility and shows no sense of understanding as to why their behavior was wrong? That’s when Douglas factor 10 comes into play. Through case studies and role-play activities, Mr. Grant will address the balancing act agencies face when considering the gravity of the offense and the potential for rehabilitation.

Session takeaways
Differentiate between mitigating and aggravating factors
Define the efficiency of the service standards
Recognize when Douglas factor 10 outweighs all other factors
11 - 11:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

ATY9-R EEO Case Law Update [R]

Donald J. Names, Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy

One of FDR attendees’ favorite speakers helms this session — a must for all EEO professionals, agency counsel and HR practitioners. Mr. Names will review all the critical cases over the past year, including religious discrimination, reasonable accommodation, retaliation, sex-based discrimination and more. As always, you’ll leave with a thorough understanding of the most relevant cases, as well as numerous other cases of interest.

Session takeaways
Identify trends in federal EEO litigation
Understand how Supreme Court and EEOC decisions can impact agency employment and EEO practices
Apply the lessons learned from recent disability decisions

EEO10-II Supercharge Your EEO Program, Part II Advanced

Oliver Allen, Founder, CEO, Training and Development Strategies LLC
Roslyn D. Brown, Strategic Human Capital and Public Policy Consultant

Build a business model that will change your brand and increase the effectiveness of your EEO program. Through lecture, group discussions and learning activities, you’ll learn how to supercharge your office functionality. Mr. Allen and Ms. Brown will share how to maximize special emphasis programs and use alternative and innovative methods when a budget doesn’t exist, all the while reducing complaints. You’ll leave with strategies for implementing programs that engage, entertain and educate employees and managers.

Session takeaways
Develop a productive EEO business model
Brand and market your EEO program
Collaborate with other agencies and organizations

HLE9-II A Discipline Quandary: Do You Rehab or Remove a Problem Employee? Part II

Robert Grant, CEO/President, The Grant Group

What should you do if an employee admits misconduct and shows remorse? What if the employee takes no responsibility and shows no sense of understanding as to why their behavior was wrong? That’s when Douglas factor 10 comes into play. Through case studies and role-play activities, Mr. Grant will address the balancing act agencies face when considering the gravity of the offense and the potential for rehabilitation.

Session takeaways
Differentiate between mitigating and aggravating factors
Define the efficiency of the service standards
Recognize when Douglas factor 10 outweighs all other factors
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

ATY11 Legal Ethics Training

Maxanne R. Witkin, Director, Office of Employment Discrimination and Complaint Adjudication, Department of
    Veterans Affairs

As a government attorney, it can be difficult to determine who your client is, how the attorney-client and work product privileges apply in your practice, and what your ethical responsibilities are if you leave government. Ms. Witkin will cover all of these topics during this two-hour session, using the American Bar Association’s rules as a backdrop.

Session takeaways
Share best practices when navigating revolving door conflicts
Identify myriad ethical traps when using social media in your professional and private lives
Explain your ethical responsibilities if you believe a fellow attorney is impaired because of age or disability
 

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