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®
Users Group
Town Hall
Conversations
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

ADR-P1 The Art and Science of Working With Difficult People

Valerie Harragin, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Tina Marie Littleton, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Every day, you encounter people whose behavior comes across as obstructive, obnoxious, stubborn or offensive. What’s the best way to deal with these encounters? Understanding the human emotional response process can lend great insight into this perplexing question. Ms. Harragin and Ms. Littleton will explain the neuroscience behind difficult behaviors and specify strategies for reframing the focus of others to reduce this kind of behavior. You’ll leave with the skills to identify the elements of human interpersonal reactions at play in a given situation and refocus an encounter that’s gone awry.

Workshop takeaways
Recognize the interpersonal dynamics that impact conflict interactions
Identify the potential root causes of difficult behavior
Develop strategies for dealing with difficult people

ATY-P2 MSPB Mock Hearing

Samantha Black, Administrative Judge, Western Region, Merit Systems Protection Board
Michael Bogdanow, Legal Liaison, Office of Regional Operations, Merit Systems Protection Board
Kelly Humphrey, Administrative Judge, Western Region, Merit Systems Protection Board
Joseph Kaplan, Managing Partner, Founding Principal, Attorney, Passman & Kaplan
Deborah Miron, Director of Regional Operations and Chief Administrative Judge, Merit Systems Protection Board
Holly Parks, Administrative Judge, Western Regional Office, Merit Systems Protection Board
Sara Snyder, Regional Director and Chief Administrative Judge, Western Region, Merit Systems Protection Board

In this educational and realistic mock hearing, MSPB officials will provide a representation of how MSPB hearings are conducted and what you can expect. Background and evidentiary information for the scenario will be shared as handouts. You’ll witness the practical aspects of the hearing, including objections, AJ rulings, direct and cross-examination, and findings, plus gain an understanding of the roles of the parties and basic etiquette. With firsthand guidance from MSPB representatives, you’ll get a firm grasp of the process, as well as the documentation required to successfully defend an agency action before the board.

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

BONUS-P3 What You Need to Know About FERS and Social Security

John Grobe, President, Federal Career Experts

Mr. Grobe will give you a thorough overview of the complex federal retirement system for FERS, with a special emphasis on Social Security. Whether you’re nearing retirement or have many years to go, this workshop will arm you with the knowledge needed to make critical decisions and navigate your way to a secure financial future.

Workshop takeaways
Know the eligibility requirements for FERS and Social Security
Estimate the benefits you will receive from FERS and Social Security
Determine the most advantageous strategy for claiming your Social Security

CF-P4 cyberFEDS® Users Group: Use the Broida Guides on cyberFEDS® to Make Discipline Stick

Peter Broida, Attorney, Publisher
Leslie Lake, cyber
FEDS® Editorial Director, LRP Publications
Sam Vitaro, Labor Arbitrator, Mediator, Fact-Finder, Consultant

For more than 30 years, HR professionals, employee relations specialists and agency counsel have turned to two legal references when they need guidance: Broida Guide to MSPB Law and MSPB Charges and Penalties. And cyberFEDS® is the exclusive online source for these books. Mr. Broida himself, along with Mr. Vitaro and Ms. Lake, will lead you through disciplinary actions using these two guidebooks online, while breaking down the discipline process, providing guidance on selecting charges and penalties, and sharing what you need to do to ensure the Merit Systems Protection Board upholds your actions.

EEO-P5 Creating an Inclusive Environment for Transgender Employees

Ryan Sallans, Speaker, Diversity Trainer, Author

Do you want to create a more inclusive workplace, but aren’t sure how to support transgender employees? Mr. Sallans, an experienced diversity trainer, will guide you through correct terminology, legal protections, and addressing co-workers’ concerns and questions about the transitioning employee. You’ll learn how to appropriately train other employees and managers to ensure an inclusive workplace, and create an environment that is respectful of transgender employees.

Workshop takeaways
Identify and use proper terms to describe a person’s gender identity
Know what your agency/managers should expect of co-workers when an employee is transitioning
Develop action steps for creating a more inclusive workplace for trans-identified employees
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

EEO-P6 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


Mr. Allen and Ms. Brown provide an interactive and engaging way to meet the training requirements for EEO counselors and investigators, as they give you guidance on harassment, reprisal, sex and race discrimination, and updates to pertinent laws and regulations. You’ll also take a deep look at the challenging EEO issues related to religion, and more specifically Islamophobia, and gain a thorough understanding of current disability issues, including guidance on reasonable accommodations.

Workshop takeaways
Identify the bases of protection under Title VII
Know the existing protections for religion including accommodations
Develop a better understanding of Islamophobia
This session meets all standards established by the EEOC for the per annum training requirements for federal EEO counselors and investigators.

HLE-P7 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Labor Relations

Steve Muir, Labor and Employee Relations, Office of Comptroller of the Currency
Don Rider, Human Resources Management, University of Maryland University College

This full-day workshop covering the gamut of federal labor relations is a must for anyone relatively new to the field. It’s also a great opportunity for more experienced practitioners who want to improve their knowledge of labor relations to further develop their career. Our presenters will walk you through a brief history of federal labor relations, examine the latest case law, explain changes in policy and discuss the impact of the new administration.

Workshop takeaways
Know the roles of the FLRA, FMCS, arbitrators and district courts of appeal
Identify the different types of unfair labor practices
Determine what issues are negotiable
10 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
12 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
1:30 - 5 p.m.

ADR-P8 Enhance Your Personal Negotiation and Persuasion Skills

Andrew Pizzi, Conflict Resolution Practitioner
John Settle, President, Settlement Associates LLC


Understanding the art and science of negotiation (and persuasion) is a core competency for managers and supervisors, a necessary part of a professional skill set, and an essential life skill. Two experts in negotiation will translate theory into practical guidance that will benefit you personally and enhance your organizational role. You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of handling common difficult behaviors, as well as the psychology of being persuasive.

Workshop takeaways
Identify the key elements of preparing for negotiations
Participate effectively at the bargaining table
Effectively handle impasses and adversarial approaches to negotiations

ATY-P9 EEOC Mock Hearing

Michael Bogdanow, Legal Liaison, Office of Regional Operations, Merit Systems Protection Board
Joseph Kaplan, Managing Partner, Founding Principal, Attorney, Passman & Kaplan
Catherine Kessmeier, Assistant General Counsel, Acquisition Integrity Office, Department of the Navy
Dwight Lewis, Supervisory Administrative Judge, Dallas Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Donald J. Names, Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy

An EEOC hearing is somewhat similar to a trial you may see in a courthouse or on television — but there are some major differences. At an EEOC hearing, the administrative judge acts not only as the judge, but also the jury. This fast-paced workshop will lead you through the entire EEOC hearing process, including 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
Know the purpose of each stage of the hearing process
Learn the key aspects of each stage and how to avoid mistakes
Use your newfound knowledge of hearings to improve your role in the EEO process

BONUS-P10 What You Need to Know About the Thrift Savings Plan

John Grobe, President, Federal Career Experts

The Thrift Savings Plan is a critical factor in determining how comfortable your retirement will be. Mr. Grobe will give a nuts-and-bolts breakdown of the long-term saving and investment plan with an emphasis on tax consequences, withdrawal options and penalties for early withdrawal. You’ll walk away with important guidance that can lead to a secure financial future.

Workshop takeaways
Know how the Thrift Savings Plan works
Identify the best withdrawal strategies
Determine how much you will need in your retirement

CF-P11 cyberFEDS® Users Group: Learn From the cyberFEDS® Expert Columnists

Robert Erbe, Attorney, Law Office of Robert P. Erbe, PLLC
Barbara Haga, ER/LR Consultant; President, Federal HR Services Inc.
Sean Hurley, cyberFEDS® Legal Editor, LRP Publications
Donald King, Co-chair, Federal EEO and Civil Rights Council
Allison Uehling, cyberFEDS® EEO Special Projects Editor, LRP Publications
Moderator: Julie Davidson, cyberFEDS® Editorial Director, LRP Publications

For the first time, the Penalty Advisor, LR Observer, EEO Corner, Management Professor, EEO Observer and Leave Advisor share one stage. cyberFEDS® expert columnists will take you behind the scenes of their column-writing practices and share their opinions on the key issues they predict you will encounter during the remainder of 2017. They’ll also answer your questions, so don’t miss this rare opportunity to get critical guidance from the experts.

HLE-P12 Accountability and Engagement: The Drivers of Performance

Robin Wink, Esq., Owner/Lead Instructor, Rudman Wink Associates LLC

The Office of Personnel Management wants you and your agency to improve employee engagement. At the same time, you’re being told to hold poor performers accountable. These mandates may seem contradictory — but they’re not. Ms. Wink, a Gallup Strengths Coach, will share current leadership concepts regarding engagement and accountability, the interaction between the concepts, and the importance of accountability in creating a highly engaged workforce. You’ll learn a model for counseling employees and gain ideas for how you can encourage supervisors to become more proficient in conducting and documenting informal feedback and counseling sessions.

Workshop takeaways
Develop actionable ideas for improving workforce engagement and accountability
Apply OPM’s Performance Management Plus and know how to conduct “light-touch check-ins”
Improve your agency’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey scores
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®
Users Group
Town Hall
Conversations
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Opening Plenary
Igniting FDR! Ideas for a More Inclusive and Engaged Federal Workforce
Roslyn Brown Roslyn Brown
Strategic Human Capital and Public Policy Consultant
Jeffrey Vargas Jeffrey Vargas
Chief Learning Officer, Commodity Futures
Trading Commission
Ryan Sallans Ryan Sallans
Speaker, Diversity Trainer, Author
Robin Wink Robin Wink, Esq.
Owner/Lead Instructor, Rudman Wink
Associates LLC

Hear exciting cutting-edge pitches for how to improve your agency. Our Ignite-influenced format allows for a fast-paced exchange of ideas, as thought leaders each have 12 minutes to make their pitches. Ms. Wink will reveal why the key to engaging employees is holding them accountable. Blending expertise and personal experience, Mr. Sallans will make the argument for why you should be a voice for LGBTQ inclusion. Mr. Vargas will explain why you should stop grumbling about Millennials, and make efforts to embrace, engage and retain them. And long-time FDR favorite Ms. Brown will show us how to embrace change, using our knowledge and skills to navigate the choppy waters ahead while remaining steadfast in our journey toward equality for all.
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

ADR1 Communication Intervention — Safe and Effective Feedback Prevents Disputes

Tracey Cairnie, Owner, CoreVision, LLC
Megan Johnston, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Mediation Service


Effective feedback is the key to early intervention and prevention of serious disputes in the workplace. Ms. Cairnie and Ms. Johnston will describe the value of feedback and explore the reticence that many feel towards giving and receiving feedback. You’ll get tools and techniques to use feedback to your advantage, and walk away with a simple model to boost your feedback skills to promote a more productive and satisfied work environment.

Session takeaways
Influence workplace productivity and satisfaction through effective feedback
Implement a simple model to deliver and receive effective feedback
Apply verbal and non-verbal communication techniques to enhance feedback

ATY1 EEO Case Law Update

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

It’s not easy staying current with EEO case law, not when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its Office of Federal Operations issue thousands of decisions each year. Don’t worry, FDR has you covered. Mr. Names will guide you through the most critical EEO-related decisions from the past 12 months — not only from the EEOC, but also the courts. You’ll leave with a thorough understanding of the most relevant cases, as well as some other cases of interest.

Session takeaways
Identify trends in federal EEO litigation
Learn the reasoning behind recent EEOC decisions
Apply the lessons learned from recent EEOC decisions

BONUS1 These Divisive Times: When Politics Spills Into the Workplace Advanced

Joe Bontke, Outreach & Education Manager, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Joseph Kaplan, Managing Partner, Founding Principal, Attorney, Passman & Kaplan
Ana Marrone, Chief, Hatch Act Unit, Office of Special Counsel

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


Now more than ever, employees feel freer to share their thoughts on hot-button political issues, such as the latest Executive Orders from President Trump, climate change, religion and sexual orientation. The resulting tension could create a breakroom battlefield. Workplace civility is vanishing and grievances are increasing. Is the Hatch Act still applicable this far after an election? Would disciplining an employee for their words and actions be a prohibited personnel practice? At what point could a workplace become a hostile environment? Our expert panel will provide you with guidance to react swiftly and positively to today’s common workplace disputes.

CF1 cyberFEDS® Users Group: What You May Not Know About cyberFEDS®

Deb McKinnon, cyberFEDS® Director, LRP Publications
cyber
FEDS® Trainers, LRP Publications

Learn about resources, documents and practical guidance exclusive to cyberFEDS® that you may not have discovered yet. Learn how you can use these tools to support your position on the issues you handle, as well as to develop your professional capacity regarding federal workplace developments and legal trends.

EEO1 Micro Inequities: The Quiet Driver of Workplace Discrimination

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

Micro inequities have an insidious way of setting the stage for possible discrimination. But what are micro inequities and what can you do about them? Ms. Caliendo and Mr. Scurlock will dive into the latest research to explain how micro inequities work. Roll up your sleeves for this fun and experiential session and leave with practical guidance that will help you limit discrimination claims in your agency.

Session takeaways
Identify micro inequities in the workplace
Recognize how micro inequities can manifest in your workplace
Develop practical strategies to combat micro inequities

HLE1 Taking Adverse Actions Based on Security Clearance

Catherine Kessmeier, Assistant General Counsel, Acquisition Integrity Office, Department of the Navy
Holly Parks, Administrative Judge, Western Regional Office, Merit Systems Protection Board

Access to classified material is a major issue not only for federal agencies, but also for the employees who work within them — particularly since the denial or loss of a required security clearance can mean the termination of employment. Ms. Kessmeier and Ms. Parks will provide an overview of the personal security clearance and eligibility process within the Department of Defense. You’ll also learn “do and don’t” lessons from relevant MSPB and Federal Court case law, such as Egan v. Navy, Conyers v. Dept. of Defense, Schnedar v. Air Force and Rogers v. Dept. of Defense.

Session takeaways
Know the basics about the security clearance process
Identify the conduct that could jeopardize retention of a clearance or eligibility
Understand the due process requirements involved in taking adverse action based on loss of clearance

HLE2 A New Era of Federal Labor Relations?

Robert Erbe, Attorney, Law Office of Robert P. Erbe, PLLC
Domenic Murgo, Deputy Chief Negotiator, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Don Rider, Professor, Human Resources Management, University of Maryland University College
J. Douglas Whitaker, Senior Attorney, Office of the Chief Counsel, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The Federal Labor Relations Authority is in the midst of transition. It will soon lean Republican once again, and experts expect numerous changes in federal labor relations under the new Congress and administration. What will happen to official time? Will the Executive Order on council-labor management relations be rescinded? And will anything replace it? Get up to date on the latest changes as the presenters tell you what’s expected to come and provide guidance on how to navigate the changes.

Session takeaways
Prepare your team for changes in agency-union relations
Bargain more effectively over an official time article in the contract
Know what to expect from new FLRA members
12 - 1:30 p.m Lunch on your own
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

ADR2 Working Together to Help Groups Succeed: Don’t Forget the Process!

Andrew Pizzi, Conflict Resolution Practitioner
John Settle, President, Settlement Associates LLC

Agencies commonly employ working groups and teams to help achieve goals. However, groups are often unsuccessful because they lack the necessary skills to work collaboratively. Using a process facilitator can help groups overcome this barrier, as a skilled facilitator can guide teams in developing a process that enables them to work together effectively. Straight from two conflict resolution specialists, you’ll learn how to become a skilled facilitator and develop an appropriate process that will allow groups to work more effectively.

Session takeaways
Contract with groups and plan an effective meeting
Intervene to help teams move forward
Implement commonsense practices to build trust among group members

ATY2 Strategies for Effective Settlement Discussions

Peter Broida, Attorney, Publisher
Jeff Rosenblum, Deputy General Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission

Mr. Broida and Mr. Rosenblum, who often find themselves on opposite sides of the table, will share their experienced insights into mediation and settlement discussions. You’ll learn techniques for negotiation, as well as the benefits and drawbacks for different types of negotiation such as direct, voluntary ADR and court-ordered mediation. You’ll leave with guidance on determining when to litigate cases to conclusion, and how the new administration and any subsequent changes to civil service have changed that calculus.

Session takeaways
Recognize the cases that are most likely to settle
Apply the steps to take prior to mediation to make settlement more likely
Know the best time to engage in formal settlement negotiations

CF2 cyberFEDS® Users Group: Getting Optimal Results From cyberFEDS® Searches

Leslie Lake, cyberFEDS® Editorial Director, LRP Publications
Deb McKinnon, cyber
FEDS® Director, LRP Publications
cyber
FEDS® Trainers, LRP Publications

Learn shortcuts to quickly locate on-point case law through the use of simple searches, operators and wildcards, complex phrases, and other cyberFEDS® tools. You’ll also have the opportunity to work hands-on with the trainers to become an expert at locating legal and regulatory compliance guidance, mandates, case law and more.

EEO2 A New Approach to Prevent Workplace Harassment

Jo Linda Johnson, Director of Civil Rights, Transportation Security Administration
Stephen Paskoff, President, CEO, ELI, Inc.

Nearly a third of all EEOC charges in 2015 were related to workplace harassment, and the EEOC wants that to change. In its latest in-depth report, the EEOC made clear that traditional harassment prevention methods aren’t working. Mr. Paskoff, who is quoted in the report, will explore the connection between harassment and organizational culture, the various forms of workplace harassment, and efforts to identify new and creative ways to prevent and eliminate harassment. Ms. Johnson will provide her perspective from the view of an EEO professional. You’ll leave with a better understanding of what the EEOC report means for you and your agency.

Session takeaways
Implement recommendations from the latest EEOC report into your agency’s daily activities and behaviors
Gain leadership buy-in to implement these recommendations
Bolster your agency’s approach to harassment and other behavioral issues

EEO3 AJs in Conversation: EEO Guidance From the Bench

Dwight Lewis, Supervisory Administrative Judge, Dallas Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Francis A. Polito, Chief Administrative Judge, Philadelphia Regional Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Moderator: Gary Gilbert, President and Principal, Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, P.C.

Our panel members — and moderator — all started at the EEOC around the same time. Mr. Lewis, and Mr. Polito are two of the senior-most administrative judges at the commission. One-time AJ Gary Gilbert will lead a conversation on the key issues in front of administrative judges, including sanctions, settlements, summary judgement and more. And you’ll have an opportunity to ask your own questions of this esteemed panel.

Session takeaways
Identify the mistakes to avoid when appearing before an AJ
Learn the trends AJs are seeing in claims and/or findings of discrimination
Improve your investigations to provide a better record

HLE3 Sick Leave Hot Spots

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

Find out how to tackle the most troublesome aspects of sick leave straight from the recognized expert. Focusing on the authorized uses of sick leave, Ms. Haga will take you through documentation requirements and how to deal with abuse, with particular emphasis on sick leave for incapacitation, family care and bereavement. You’ll leave equipped with the guidance necessary to advise employees and managers about the limits on certain sick leave categories.

Session takeaways
Know the documentation requirements for the use of sick leave for incapacitation
Identify the limits on annual use of sick leave for family care and bereavement
Assist managers effectively with cases of potential sick leave abuse

HLE4-I Are You Ready for RIFs?, Part I Advanced

Steve Muir, Former Director, Labor and Employee Relations, Office of Comptroller of the Currency
Jeffrey Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International; Publisher, ChiefHRO.com
Cathryn Thornton, Senior Workforce Reshaping Advisor/Hiring Policy, Office of Personnel Management

The 2018 budget made the new administration’s goal obvious: Many federal agencies are going to face severe cuts. While the White House has indicated that agencies will have flexibility in how cuts are implemented, reductions in force or furloughs will be likely in a number of agencies. If you know somebody who’s very familiar with the RIF regulations, you’re lucky. It’s been decades since we’ve seen large-scale government wide reductions in force, and a good number of the people who managed those processes are long-retired. So where do you start? What are the staffing issues involved? What are the implications for labor relations? And employee relations? Our expert presenters will review.

Session takeaways
Identify when RIF regulations do not apply
Establish and maintain a retention register and ensure your data is accurate
Develop strategies for meeting goals with fewer employees
2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

ADR3 Why Is Everybody Picking on Me?

Oliver Allen, Founder/CEO, Training and Development Strategies LLC
Danny Dickerson, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, National Institutes of Health

According to federal research, seventy-five percent of employees have experienced some form of bullying in the workplace. Yet, unlike with harassment and discrimination complaints, few agencies have any meaningful process in place to report workplace bullying. Two diversity experts will make the business case for creating a bullying prevention program, and explain how you can gain the support of upper management.

Session takeaways
Develop effective bullying prevention training
Differentiate between aggression and bullying, and harassment and bullying
Explain how to prevent bullying behavior

ATY3 FLRA Case Law Update

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

Mr. Erbe will review the FLRA’s most critical cases from the past year, including decisions on issues such as attorney’s fees, temporary promotions, overtime compensation, telework, negotiability and much more. You’ll also learn valuable lessons that can be gleaned from recent Federal Service Impasses Panel decisions, including those involving relocation disputes.

Session takeaways
Use recent FLRA decisions to evaluate your workplace policies for compliance
Apply recent case law to determine your actions
Identify changes to long-standing labor relations precedents

BONUS2 Tapping Big Data for Big Results Advanced

Jeffrey Curtis, Director, Portfolio Analysis Division, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense
Jo Linda Johnson, Director of Civil Rights, Transportation Security Administration

Moderator: John Sim, Assistant Director, EEO Complaints Management, Department of Justice

Is your HR Department providing excellent customer service? Are you providing managers with the information they need to make better hires? What data do you use to make decisions about employee training? And are you doing anything with the data you collect to eliminate barriers to employment? Big data is a big buzzword, but it creates more questions than answers. Mr. Curtis and Ms. Johnson will describe how HR and EEO departments are using data to help their agencies better meet their missions — ideas you can adapt to improve your programs.

CF3 cyberFEDS® Users Group: 25 Time-Saving cyberFEDS® Tips in 75 Minutes

Deb McKinnon, cyberFEDS® Director, LRP Publications
cyber
FEDS® Trainers, LRP Publications

Here’s your chance to learn 25 indispensable cyberFEDS® tips, tools and shortcuts that will save you an incredible amount of time and effort. From Roundups to Glossaries to Hadley and Broida Guides to E-Newsletters — get everything you need to know to maximize your subscription.

EEO4 Meeting the Challenge: Being a Model Employer of Employees With Disabilities

Kelly Goode, EEO Officer, Drug Enforcement Administration
Veronica Venture, Director, EEO and Diversity, Department of Homeland Security

Final rules released late last year require agencies to offer personal assistance services and comply with specific recordkeeping, analysis and program criteria on their annual affirmative action plan for individuals with disabilities in federal employment, particularly when hiring and budgets are being limited. These EEOC rules are game-changing and provide a major challenge for your agency and its EEO office. Hear thoughts on the rules from two well-respected federal EEO leaders, as well as their guidance on how to best comply with these rules and address them with agency leaders.

Session takeaways
Learn strategies to achieve the hiring and retention goals set under the regulations
Ensure reasonable accommodation procedures provide specific information
Gain ideas for how to create sufficient funds for costly accommodations, such as personal assistants

HLE4-II Are You Ready for RIFs?, Part II Advanced

Steve Muir, Former Director, Labor and Employee Relations, Office of Comptroller of the Currency
Jeffrey Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International; Publisher, ChiefHRO.com
Cathryn Thornton, Senior Workforce Reshaping Advisor/Hiring Policy, Office of Personnel Management

The 2018 budget made the new administration’s goal obvious: Many federal agencies are going to face severe cuts. While the White House has indicated that agencies will have flexibility in how cuts are implemented, reductions in force or furloughs will be likely in a number of agencies. If you know somebody who’s very familiar with the RIF regulations, you’re lucky. It’s been decades since we’ve seen large-scale government wide reductions in force, and a good number of the people who managed those processes are long-retired. So where do you start? What are the staffing issues involved? What are the implications for labor relations? And employee relations? Our expert presenters will review.

Session takeaways
Identify when RIF regulations do not apply
Establish and maintain a retention register and ensure your data is accurate
Develop strategies for meeting goals with fewer employees

HLE5 Ready, Set, Ask the Employee Relations Experts

Barbara Haga, ER/LR Consultant; President, Federal HR Services Inc.
Sam Vitaro, Labor Arbitrator; Mediator; Fact-Finder; Consultant

Take time to talk with two of FDR’s most popular and knowledgeable speakers. 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 in their own meeting room to guide you through your toughest challenges.
Sessions
EEO HLE ADR ATY CF THC BONUS
Equal Employment
Opportunity
HR/LR/ER Alternative
Dispute Resolution
Attorney/Legal cyberFEDS®
Users Group
Town Hall
Conversations

7 - 8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
8 - 9 a.m.

THC1 Town Hall Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion with OPM

Dr. Zina Sutch, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Personnel Management
Moderator: Kelly Goode, EEO Officer, Department of Justice

THC2 Town Hall Conversation With FMCS

Scot Beckenbaugh, Deputy Director, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
Moderator:
Denise McKenney, EEO Director, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

THC3 Town Hall Conversation With FLRA

Ernest DuBester, Member, Federal Labor Relations Authority
Moderator:
Jeffrey Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International; Publisher, ChiefHRO.com

THC4 Town Hall Conversation With MSPB

Mark A. Robbins, Vice Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board
Moderator: Debra L. Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C.
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

ADR4 Minimizing Conflict, Maximizing Engagement and Morale

Jayne Ricco, Senior Dispute Resolution Specialist, Federal Labor Relations Authority
Merritt Weinstein, Senior Dispute Resolution Specialist, Federal Labor Relations Authority
Michael Wolf, Director, Collaboration and ADR Office, Federal Labor Relations Authority


Workplace conflict is inevitable, as is the cost of resolving such conflict. Representatives from the FLRA will help you identify ways to convert that cost of doing business into a value-added element of agency mission, and improve employee engagement and morale at the same time. You’ll learn techniques to minimize unnecessary conflict, more constructively resolve unavoidable conflict, foster a collaborative workplace culture and take the next steps to institutionalize such changes. Plus, this session will explore gray areas and pragmatic implementation issues.

Session takeaways
Identify a path and the resources available to parties seeking collaborative solutions to workplace disputes
Assess relative merits of conflictive and collaborative dispute resolution methods in relation to mission and employee engagement
Learn the options, opportunities and risk associated with implementing and maintaining collaborative vs. traditional workplace relationships

ATY4 MSPB Case Law Update

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

Don’t miss Mr. Vitaro’s annual review of the most significant rulings by the MSPB over the past 12 months involving unacceptable performance, indefinite suspensions, security clearances and other issues. You’ll gain a broad picture of the board’s processes regarding adverse actions, arbitration, attorney’s fees, due process, jurisdiction, mixed cases, nexus, penalties, settlements, whistleblower protections and much 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 the MSPB

BONUS3 Leadership in a Multigenerational Federal Workplace Advanced

Jeffrey Vargas, Chief Learning Officer, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

As the CFTC’s first CLO, Mr. Vargas established its Office of Talent and Leadership Development and its first-ever strategic learning plan. He’s become a well-respected leader in a federal workplace that has gotten more age-diverse. Mr. Vargas will explain how to examine your changing federal workplace through a generational lens, and give you a better understanding of how to recruit, retain and motivate employees of all ages for optimal agency mission success.

CF4
cyberFEDS® Users Group: Hey cyberFEDS®… What Do I Do When a Manager Walks in My Office With a Problem?

Sean Hurley, cyberFEDS® Legal Editor, LRP Publications
Steve Muir, Former Director, Labor and Employee Relations, Office of Comptroller of the Currency

As an LR professional, you know that managers face all kinds of personnel challenges as they try to accomplish your agency’s mission. Many of those challenges end up on your desk. This fun, fast-paced session will use video clips of the thorny manager-support problems LR professionals face every day. Grievances, official time requests, ULP charges, protected conduct, formal discussions and Weingarten meetings … Learn how cyberFEDS® will help you handle your managers’ most pressing labor relations problems.

EEO5 Innovate Your EEO Process: One Agency’s Transformation

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

EEO complaints flood into your EEO office, sometimes in record numbers, yet EEO resources tend to be slim while staff is overworked and stressed. To add fuel to the fire, the EEOC is ordering agencies to pay sanctions to complainants for late or insufficient EEO investigations at an alarming rate. Learn how GSA innovated its internal EEO complaint process — transforming from an agency that regularly faced EEOC sanctions into one that has near perfect quality and timely EEO complaint adjudication.

Session takeaways
Critically examine problems in your complaint process
Use Lean Six Sigma to positively impact the resource challenges your EEO office faces
Identify low- and no-cost innovations to your EEO process

EEO6 Resolving Reasonable Accommodation Challenges

Derek Shields, Program Manager, Department of Defense Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)
Sharon Terrell-Lindsay, Acting Director, Department of Defense Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)

Hear details of CAP’s time-tested needs assessment model and learn how to mitigate the common sources of conflict that arise when providing reasonable accommodations for employees. You’ll also get an overview of assistive technology that can be provided as accommodations for an array of disabilities, such as hearing, vision, dexterity and communication.

Session takeaways
Employ common strategies to remove conflict during employee requests for reasonable accommodations
Follow the three steps in identifying appropriate accommodations
Identify new assistive technologies and accommodations

HLE3-R Sick Leave Hot Spots [R]

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

Find out how to tackle the most troublesome aspects of sick leave straight from the recognized expert. Focusing on the authorized uses of sick leave, Ms. Haga will take you through documentation requirements and how to deal with abuse, with particular emphasis on sick leave for incapacitation, family care and bereavement. You’ll leave equipped with the guidance necessary to advise employees and managers about the limits on certain sick leave categories.

Session takeaways
Know the documentation requirements for the use of sick leave for incapacitation
Identify the limits on annual use of sick leave for family care and bereavement
Assist managers effectively with cases of potential sick leave abuse
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Plenary
Adversity, Diversity, and Leadership
Luncheon Sponsored by The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program
Donna Brazile Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, U.S. Army Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Founder/Educational Achievement Services

Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch grew up in a small barrio on the Texas border, challenged daily by poverty, discrimination and illiteracy. Throughout her life Ms. Kickbusch has held tight to the values taught by her immigrant parents, values that were reinforced throughout a military career that culminated with her becoming the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army. Ms. Kickbusch will share her inspirational story of overcoming personal adversity, guiding you to a better understanding of cultural differences and similarities, and offering meaningful insights on professional development and personal growth. This introspective keynote will force you to look inward and motivate you to examine how you can overcome your own personal obstacles.
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Dessert Break
2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

ADR5 Conflict Coaching: The Workhorse of Federal ADR

Merri Hanson, Director, Peninsula Mediation & ADR
Tricia Jones, Director, Conflict Coaching Matters

Conflict coaching is an effective tool for ADR program managers, particularly in light of the most recent revisions to the MD-110. Ms. Hanson and Ms. Jones will explain how to use one-on-one ADR intervention to improve individual conflict-handling behavior, build a constructive organizational conflict culture, and prepare participants for effective participation in ADR processes such as mediation. You’ll also review a 2017 survey of ADR program managers’ uses of conflict coaching and ADR intervention needs.

Session takeaways
Learn how conflict coaching can help problem employees improve
Implement conflict coaching in your agency
Leverage conflict coaching to support the effectiveness of other ADR programs

ATY1-R EEO Case Law Update [R]

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

It’s not easy staying current with EEO case law, not when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its Office of Federal Operations issue thousands of decisions each year. Don’t worry, FDR has you covered. Mr. Names will guide you through the most critical EEO-related decisions from the past 12 months — not only from the EEOC, but also the courts. You’ll leave with a thorough understanding of the most relevant cases, as well as some other cases of interest.

Session takeaways
Identify trends in federal EEO litigation
Learn the reasoning behind recent EEOC decisions
Apply the lessons learned from recent EEOC decisions

ATY5 Attorney’s Fees Under the Back Pay Act

Zachary Byers, Attorney Advisor, Office of Acting Chairman, Federal Labor Relations Authority

Correction of an “unwarranted or unjustified personnel action” and recovery of back pay will not, standing alone, support an award of attorney’s fees under the Back Pay Act. Such a victory is “only the first step in meeting the requirements” under the BPA, according to FLRA precedent. Mr. Byers will discuss what is required for parties to successfully recover, or defend against attempts to recover, attorney’s fees under the Back Pay Act.

Session takeaways
Identify the threshold requirements for an award of attorney’s fees
Apply the Allen “interest of justice” factors
Describe how reasonable amounts of fees are assessed

BONUS4 Legislative Update: Civil Service Reform

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
Debra L. Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C.

Hiring freeze, attrition, “reforming” the civil service, “modernizing federal retirement.” How much attrition does the administration and Congress want? Are drastic changes on the way for the federal workplace? What performance- and discipline-related proposal are being discussed? You’re likely concerned with what this all means for you and your colleagues. You will get current on developments in all things civil service — what’s been proposed, what is expected to be proposed and the likelihood that any of it will pass.

CF5 cyberFEDS® Users Group: Using the New cyberFEDS® Compensatory Damages Charts

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 recently revamped Compensatory Damages Charts — a cyberFEDS® exclusive — and show you how to use them to make decisions that survive legal scrutiny.

EEO7-I Resolving Reasonable Accommodation Challenges - Advanced Edition, Part I Advanced

Kelly Goode, EEO Officer, Department of Justice
Joseph Kaplan, Managing Partner, Founding Principal, Attorney, Passman & Kaplan
William Macauley, National Hearings Program Manager, Office of Field Programs, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

It’s possible to have a solid grasp on the Americans with Disabilities Act and still struggle mightily with reasonable accommodations. Reassignment is designated as an accommodation of last resort under the ADA. How does that work? What if there are no other positions available? A growing number of employees are requesting telework as an accommodation. Talk about complex and confusing. Do you have to provide an accommodation to a poor-performing employee? Are you prepared to accommodate the growing number of employees with PTSD? Our expert panel will share guidance on these more challenging accommodation requests and answer your questions on others as well.

Session takeaways
Fulfill your responsibilities when an employee requests reassignment as an accommodation
Determine when undue hardship becomes a legitimate defense to rejecting an accommodation request
Identify the appropriate questions to ask when determining whether to grant a telework accommodation

HLE6-I Promoting the Efficiency of the Service: Getting Results and Avoiding Mistakes, Part I

Robert Erbe, Attorney, Law Office of Robert P. Erbe, PLLC
Kelly Humphrey, Administrative Judge, Western Regional Office, Merit Systems Protection Board
Sara Snyder, Regional Director and Chief Administrative Judge, Western Regional Office, Merit Systems Protection Board

There are many demands placed on labor and employee relations specialists and agency attorneys in processing an adverse action. From the investigation into the misconduct to the decision letter, the agency must process the action efficiently and correctly to promote the efficiency of the service. Mr. Erbe will walk you through the issues, focusing on charging, nexus, administrative leave/duty, due process issues and the Douglas Factors. Mr. Erbe and MSBP Judges Snyder and Humphrey will use recent decisions from the MSPB to highlight where agencies have made mistakes that have resulted in either mitigation of penalty or outright reversal.

Session takeaways
Identify the major issues that arise when processing a discipline/adverse action
Avoid fatal due process issues that can destroy your adverse action
Recognize where deciding officials have made mistakes in their Douglas Factor analysis
3:45 - 5 p.m.

ATY6 Whistleblower Reprisal in the Federal Workplace

Michael Bogdanow, Senior Legal Liaison, Office of Regional Operations, Merit Systems Protection Board
Peter Broida, Attorney, Publisher
Louis Lopez, Associate Special Counsel, Investigation and Prosecution – Headquarters, Office of Special Counsel
Sam Vitaro, Labor Arbitrator, Mediator, Fact-Finder, Consultant

The Federal Circuit, the OSC and the MSPB have addressed whistleblower issues numerous times over the past year, and many experts expect the number of whistleblower reprisal claims to grow in the next few years. During this session, you will review the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) and the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) with a focus on jurisdiction and the types of disclosures covered.

Session takeaways
Identify the protections provided by the WPA and WPEA
Learn the most recent case law related to whistleblower reprisal
Know the role of the OSC and MSPB

BONUS5 Surviving — and Thriving in — the New Administration Advanced

Ventris Gibson, Director of Human Resources, District of Columbia
Jeffrey Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International; Publisher, ChiefHRO.com


Every change in administration brings with it new policies to be implemented and different priorities to be executed. Ms. Gibson and Mr. Neal have been through several transitions, and they will provide guidance to help you succeed in the new administration, from working with new agency leadership to handling divergent agendas.

CF6 cyberFEDS® Users Group — Keeping Up With Critical Case Decisions Using cyberFEDS®

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

A must-have session for all EEO, ER and LR professionals! Many new case decisions, as well as older significant cases, can impact how you handle issues and frame your position. Find out how to use cyberFEDS® to stay on top of it all — and ensure you base your employment actions on solid legal precedent. 

EEO7-II Resolving Reasonable Accommodation Challenges — Advanced Edition, Part II Advanced

Kelly Goode, EEO Officer, Department of Justice
Joseph Kaplan, Managing Partner, Founding Principal, Attorney, Passman & Kaplan
William Macauley, National Hearings Program Manager, Office of Field Programs, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

It’s possible to have a solid grasp on the Americans with Disabilities Act and still struggle mightily with reasonable accommodations. Reassignment is designated as an accommodation of last resort under the ADA. How does that work? What if there are no other positions available? A growing number of employees are requesting telework as an accommodation. Talk about complex and confusing. Do you have to provide an accommodation to a poor-performing employee? Are you prepared to accommodate the growing number of employees with PTSD? Our expert panel will share guidance on these more challenging accommodation requests and answer your questions on others as well.

Session takeaways
Fulfill your responsibilities when an employee requests reassignment as an accommodation
Determine when undue hardship becomes a legitimate defense to rejecting an accommodation request
Identify the appropriate questions to ask when determining whether to grant a telework accommodation

EEO8 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

Willisa Donald, Director, Office of Equal Rights, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Donald King, Co-Chair, Federal EEO and Civil Rights Council; Complaints Manager, NASA
Donald J. Names, Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy


Do you have specific EEO situations you’d like guidance on resolving? This is your opportunity to meet in a small group with our expert speakers and get the answers you need! Mr. Names will give you specifics on EEO case law. Mr. Allen and Ms. Brown have seen it all and can talk you through problems you have with any step of the EEO process. As leaders in EEO, Ms. Donald and Mr. King can help you with your high-level challenges. Each expert will be available in their own meeting room to guide you through your toughest challenges.

HLE6-II Promoting the Efficiency of the Service: Getting Results and Avoiding Mistakes, Part II

Robert Erbe, Attorney, Law Office of Robert P. Erbe, PLLC
Kelly Humphrey, Administrative Judge, Western Regional Office, Merit Systems Protection Board
Sara Snyder, Regional Director and Chief Administrative Judge, Western Regional Office, Merit Systems Protection Board

There are many demands placed on labor and employee relations specialists and agency attorneys in processing an adverse action. From the investigation into the misconduct to the decision letter, the agency must process the action efficiently and correctly to promote the efficiency of the service. Mr. Erbe will walk you through the issues, focusing on charging, nexus, administrative leave/duty, due process issues and the Douglas Factors. Mr. Erbe and MSBP Judges Snyder and Humphrey will use recent decisions from the MSPB to highlight where agencies have made mistakes that have resulted in either mitigation of penalty or outright reversal.

Session takeaways
Identify the major issues that arise when processing a discipline/adverse action
Avoid fatal due process issues that can destroy your adverse action
Recognize where deciding officials have made mistakes in their Douglas Factor analysis
Sessions
EEO HLE ADR ATY CF THC BONUS
Equal Employment
Opportunity
HR/LR/ER Alternative
Dispute Resolution
Attorney/Legal cyberFEDS®
Users Group
Town Hall
Conversations
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

THC5 Town Hall Conversation With EEOC

Robbie Dix, Associate Director, Appellate Review Program, Office of Federal Operations, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Moderator: Patricia St. Clair, Assistant Director, Federal Sector Programs, Training and Outreach Division, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

THC6 Town Hall Conversation With OSC

Adam Miles, Acting Special Counsel, U.S. Office of Special Counsel
Moderator: Debra L. Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C.

9:45 - 11 a.m.

ATY7 Compensatory Damages in Federal EEO Cases

Gary Gilbert, President and Principal, Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, P.C.
Deryn A. Sumner, Partner, Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, P.C.

Mr. Gilbert, author of one of the most cited books on federal EEO compensatory damages law, and Ms. Sumner will focus on non-pecuniary and pecuniary compensatory damages before the EEOC. You’ll learn what evidence an employee needs to establish entitlement to both and how agencies can best go about obtaining it in discovery; how to conduct a valuation of a potential award of compensatory damages; and the latest case law from the EEOC.

Session takeaways
Identify the types of interrogatories and document requests you need
Provide your settlement authority with a range of potential awards based on evidence obtained during discovery
Limit your agency’s liability for compensatory damages through arguments of intervening causes of harm and preexisting conditions

BONUS6 Legislative Update: Pay and Benefits

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

In a year unlike any other, you are likely wondering what the new administration and a Republican Congress mean for federal employees’ pay and benefits. We’ve already seen a hiring freeze and subsequent attrition. What’s next? Will you see a pay raise? Will your retirement calculation remain intact? Will new hires still get a pension? Are TSP changes on the horizon? Ms. Klement will update you on all the new and expected proposals as well as their chance of passage.

HLE7-I Advanced Employee Relations — Performance Topics, Part I Advanced

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

This two-part session is designed for experienced HR professionals and employee relations specialists. You’ll get Ms. Haga’s in-depth guidance on crafting usable performance plans with particular emphasis on dealing with performance deficiencies and ancillary topics. Ms. Haga will focus on the various types of elements which can be used in a performance plan, writing effective measures, and preparing documentation of performance as measured by performance standards. You’ll also get her expert analysis of what constitutes reasonable accommodation in relation to performance.

Session takeaways
Learn the critical, non-critical and additional performance elements, and the standards that measure them
Advise managers on writing proper documentation of performance as measured by the performance plan
Understand the MSPB’s case law about content of performance plans under 5 USC 43
9:45 - 11:45 a.m.

ATY8 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 these topics using the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Responsibility as guidance. She will also highlight new developments in legal ethics including technology competency requirements and limits on using social media, as well as your ethical responsibilities if you believe a fellow attorney is impaired.

Session takeaways
Employ best practices when communicating with the pro se complainant or appellant
Identify the myriad ethical traps when using social media in your professional and private lives
Recognize and avoid revolving-door professional conflicts
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ADR3-R Why Is Everybody Picking on Me? [R]

Oliver Allen, Founder/CEO, Training and Development Strategies LLC
Danny Dickerson, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, National Institutes of Health

According to federal research, seventy-five percent of employees have experienced some form of bullying in the workplace. Yet, unlike with harassment and discrimination complaints, few agencies have any meaningful process in place to report workplace bullying. Two diversity experts will make the business case for creating a bullying prevention program, and explain how you can gain the support of upper management.

Session takeaways
Develop effective bullying prevention training
Differentiate between aggression and bullying, and harassment and bullying
Explain how to prevent bullying behavior

HLE7-II Advanced Employee Relations — Performance Topics, Part II Advanced

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

This two-part session is designed for experienced HR professionals and employee relations specialists. You’ll get Ms. Haga’s in-depth guidance on crafting usable performance plans with particular emphasis on dealing with performance deficiencies and ancillary topics. Ms. Haga will focus on the various types of elements which can be used in a performance plan, writing effective measures, and preparing documentation of performance as measured by performance standards. You’ll also get her expert analysis of what constitutes reasonable accommodation in relation to performance.

Session takeaways
Learn the critical, non-critical and additional performance elements, and the standards that measure them
Advise managers on writing proper documentation of performance as measured by the performance plan
Understand the MSPB’s case law about content of performance plans under 5 USC 43
 

Delivering high-quality training — at an unbeatable value — for 3 decades!

 
FDR Training Expo
Produced by cyberFEDS® and LRP Publications