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Managing Leave and Attendance Problems

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

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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EEOC Meets English Common Law

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?

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

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

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

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.

About Robert Dietrich

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Bob 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. 

Bob has a BA in Economics from SUNY Geneseo, and two graduate degrees from SUNY-Albany, and Central Michigan University in Management.

He is a certified mediator from the Justice Center in Atlanta, GA and a mediator with the Boston Federal Executive Board’s Shared Neutrals Program.  He also holds certifications in arbitration case preparation and presentation from the American Arbitration Association, and has represented management before arbitrators, MSPB, and the FLRA.

Bob is also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal, DCAA’s  two highest awards for achievement, as well as an exceptional achievement awards from the Secretary of Labor.

Bob also serves on the alumni advisory board for the Institute for the International Education of Students in Chicago, IL, the Board of Directors of the Greg’s Grant Scholarship through the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and the Auxiliary Board of Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA.

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