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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Position Sensitivity: Where It All Begins

Filed in News by on August 24, 2015 Comments

What does it mean to say a position is sensitive and in the “public trust?” The author describes some problems he sees with determining an employee’s suitability for occupying a sensitive position as well as some important case history related to the process.

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It’s Time for Another Civil Service Reform Act

Filed in News by on June 23, 2015 Comments

Over the last several years Congress has been contemplating another civil service reform act. The author says that it is long overdue and explains why.

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Balancing Dress Codes With Religious Beliefs

Filed in News by on June 16, 2015 Comments

Employers will use dress and appearance standards to create an employment “brand” for who they are, their culture and their values. As society becomes more casual in its dress standards, employers can find that instituting a dress code will not only draw resistance from some employees, it can land the company in the middle of a religious discrimination lawsuit.

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Outlining and Scripting Keys to Successful Witness Preparation

Filed in News by on May 4, 2015 Comments

The author says that witness preparation is a very important step in the planning process for a successful hearing. In his second article on the subject, he outlines some specific tips to cover with your witnesses when preparing for a hearing.

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Witness Preparation: The Key to Success

Filed in News by on April 10, 2015 Comments

The author says that witness preparation is a very important step in the preparation process for a successful hearing. He recounts some of his own personal experiences to illustrate why he believes this to be so.

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Past Practice Doctrine

Filed in News by on March 19, 2015 Comments

The author discusses the concept of past practice as it applies to bargaining agreements between an agency and a union.

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Do Your Supervisors and Managers Know the Basics?

Filed in News by on March 11, 2015 Comments

The author says that managers are not getting the necessary training or the backing of their senior management to take on the problem employee. He says it is this lack of training that causes supervisors not to address problem employees.

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FMLA and The Treacherous Triangle

Filed in News by on January 28, 2015 Comments

The author says that the workplace has its own “treacherous triangle” that instills distress in managers trying to accomplish a program plan consisting of FMLA, ADA, and FECA. He explains more about what these are and how they interact with each other.

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