Robert Dietrich

Bob Dietrich spent 37 years in federal human resources andresources management. His careerincludes many years with the US Department of Labor in Boston, the DefenseContract Audit Agency in Lowell, MA, and the Interstate Commerce Commission inWashington, DC.

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Managing Leave and Attendance Problems

Filed in News by on March 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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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FMLA: The Marriage Penalty

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on July 10, 2013

Congress enacted the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in 1993 to allow employees the time to balance their career requirements and to attend to their own serious health issues. What impact does the recent Supreme Court ruling on DOMA have on FMLA?

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The Complexities of FMLA

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on February 19, 2013

The author says that FMLA is not an anti-discrimination law, it is an entitlement law and a very complex one. He walks through some hypothetical scenarios to help explain some of these complexities.

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