Robert Dietrich

Bob Dietrich spent 37 years in federal human resources and resources management. His career includes many years with the US Department of Labor in Boston, the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Lowell, MA, and the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, DC.

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The Mailbox Rule Revisited

Filed in News by on November 5, 2014 Comments

The author cites a recent court decision in which the court ruled that email is not a viable means of certifying that an employee received a notice of FMLA certification. He says this sets a troubling precedent and describes the problems he believes the case will present for federal managers.

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The Mailbox Rule

Filed in News by on August 24, 2014 Comments

Historically, federal agencies have used what is known as the “mailbox rule.” This maxim provides that if a notice or letter is properly addressed and duly mailed, it is presumed to have arrived at the mailing address in due course. However, the author cites cases which illustrate that this does not always work out as an agency would expect.

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Managing Leave and Attendance Problems

Filed in News by on March 23, 2014 Comments

Leave abuse and attendance problems can harm an organization. The author says that these problems mostly lie with management and offers some suggestions for how to deal with the problem. He also analyzes the history of some related MSPB cases for precedent on leave issues.

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Family Medical Leave Act: Update on Intermittent Leave

Filed in News by on February 25, 2014 Comments

Managing leave and attendance problems has always been challenging for supervisors, and with reductions in federal spending, the author says they are being challenged now more than ever. He outlines some basic principles managers should know when addressing leave and attendance issues.

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Giving Federal Employee Unions Official Time to Lobby Congress

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on January 21, 2014 Comments

Unions have a “duty of fair representation” to those who do not pay dues. The taxpayer should not foot the bill for union representation. Perhaps Congress should require federal employees who are part of the bargaining unit to pay union dues.

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EEOC Meets English Common Law

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on January 14, 2014 Comments

The author analyzes a recent case involving the EEOC which is being hailed as an important decision against what he calls “over-zealous prosecution by government entities.” He says it is evidence that adoption of a legal system under which the losing party pays the other party’s legal fees would be beneficial.

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Are You Soaring With Eagles?

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on September 4, 2013 Comments

Is your workplace one that is soaring with eagles (high performers), or overrun with turkeys (low performers)? The author looks at what can make up each one of these scenarios in an agency’s work environment.

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Location, Location, Location

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on August 14, 2013 Comments

The author says that documentation of employee actions and discussions is critical for managers, especially in situations involving discipline or removal.

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