Bob Gilson

Bob Gilson is a consultant with a specialty in working with and training Federal agencies to resolve employee problems at all levels. A retired agency labor and employee relations director, Bob has authored or co-authored a number of books dealing with Federal issues and also conducts training seminars.

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NTEU’s Alleged Defense of Merit Principles: What’s a Little Hypocrisy Among Friends and Colleagues?

Filed in News by on February 6, 2007 Comments

Are the goals of a recent lawsuit filed by a federal union to improve the merit system or to prevent an agency from being able to bring in new employees from outside the agency?

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Federal Leave Policies: A Blessing or A Curse?

Filed in News by on January 30, 2007 Comments

Recent articles on sick leave generated a substantial response from readers. Some asked what kinds of leave federal employees can use or for more information on when sick leave can be used. Some of the righteous indignation, ethical outrage, and management concern may be heightened or alleviated after reading more about federal employee leave policies.

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Employee Computer Use: What’s All the Fuss About?

Filed in News by on January 22, 2007 Comments

How can a federal employee get in trouble at work using a computer? It isn’t hard to do. Supervisors should also take the time to understand their responsibility on use of computers in the federal working environment.

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Sick Leave Abuse: Part 3 – Resolving the Problem

Filed in News by on January 15, 2007 Comments

This is the third part of a series on sick leave. This article deals with a 12-step program for a supervisor to help resolve sick leave issues.

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Sick Leave Abuse: Part 2 – Identifying the Problem

Filed in News by on January 8, 2007 Comments

Is taking sick leave discretionary? The government’s view is that sick leave applies to a few prescribed situations. What constitutes sick leave abuse and why do people abuse it?

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Preventing Sick Leave Problems: Steps an Agency Can Take To Reduce Problems

Filed in News by on January 3, 2007 Comments

The number one cause for employee discipline in the Federal sector results from problems related to leave. some of the attitudes that may cause sick leave problems and some prevention strategies.

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Medical Evidence-What’s Acceptable? (Part 2)

Filed in News by on December 20, 2006 Comments

Requiring medical information from a federal employee can be controversial. What can a supervisor do if the information provided is not responsive and how should the information be treated once it is received?

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Requiring Medical Evidence: What’s Acceptable? (Part I)

Filed in News by on December 15, 2006 Comments

One of the most difficult issues that can arise when managers are dealing with employee problems involves the evidence an employee must provide to justify an absence. Here is advice to help you get through the process.

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