Robert Dietrich

Bob Dietrich is an instructor on a wide variety of human resources issues with the Graduate School USA, as well as a consultant with RGS, Inc. He has served as the chief negotiator on master and interim term agreements, and inside consultant to management on labor and employee relations issues, and he has represented management before arbitrators on cases ranging from removal, suspensions, performance evaluations, travel claims, and contract interpretations. He is available to provide training at your location or to serve as a consultant on a variety of HR topics.

Outlining and Scripting Keys to Successful Witness Preparation

By on May 4, 2015 in Leadership with 0 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

By on April 10, 2015 in Court Cases with 0 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

By on March 19, 2015 in Current Events with 0 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?

By on March 11, 2015 in Current Events with 0 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

By on January 28, 2015 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 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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Basic Ethical Principles Rewarded? Not Even Close

By on December 24, 2014 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 Comments

Senior level managers are performing their duties with the government in the “public trust” to ensure the taxpayers receive the best quality of service, free from fraud, waste and abuse. The author says there are three basic duties that go along with this responsibility and asks whether or not they are clearly defined in every agency’s core operating philosophies. His supposition? Not even close.

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The Mailbox Rule Revisited

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

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

By on March 23, 2014 in Court Cases, Human Resources with 0 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

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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