What does it mean to say a position is sensitive and in the “public trust?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The author discusses the concept of past practice as it applies to bargaining agreements between an agency and a union.
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.
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.
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.
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.