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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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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Addressing Medical Issues – Why is this Considered the Most Difficult Area Facing Managers?

Filed in News by on December 8, 2006 Comments

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.

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MSPB Shows Clear Trend Supporting Agency Officials When They Get It Right

Filed in News by on November 29, 2006 Comments

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.

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The Federal ADR Feeding Frenzy: Managers May Get Caught Up In It and Not Always be Prepared to Represent the Agency’s Best Interests

Filed in News by on November 26, 2006 Comments

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.

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A New Prosecutor in Town

Filed in News by on November 16, 2006 Comments

There appears to be a significant change in direction at the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Federal agencies may like the new approach.

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