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.
Bob Gilson's Latest Posts
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?
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.
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.
What makes medical issues such a problem for federal managers? The laws and regulations covering various medical problems may use different definitions, processes, decision makers, and appellate bodies for claims and complaints. Your job will be easier with an understanding of some of these issues.
Third parties sometimes follow a new trend without specifically stating they are doing so. In several recent decisions, the Board seems to be giving agency deciding officials the benefit of the doubt when reviewing agency actions. Here is a quick summary.
The Federal ADR Feeding Frenzy: Managers May Get Caught Up In It and Not Always be Prepared to Represent the Agency’s Best Interests
There has been an explosion in the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the federal sector. Is using ADR always a good idea? What pitfalls should a federal manager be aware of before starting the process? The author provides a succinct list of problems in the ADR process and how to avoid them.