Robert Dietrich

Since retiring in 2011 after nearly 40 years of federal service, Bob Dietrich has been active in training supervisors and HR staff on FLSA and FMLA. He has a three-day course that he can bring to your agency, and he may be reached through the FedSmith.com website.

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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Giving Federal Employee Unions Official Time to Lobby Congress

By on January 21, 2014 in Current Events with 0 Comments

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

By on January 14, 2014 in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

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

By on August 14, 2013 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

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

By on July 10, 2013 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

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

By on February 19, 2013 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

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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An Ever Widening Skills Gap

By on January 24, 2013 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author says that necessary training for human resources employees is not taking place, thus hampering the ability to hire and retain outstanding new employees for the federal workforce.

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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

By on November 28, 2012 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author says that while the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act are separate laws, they complement each other under certain conditions. He advises managers to be aware of the nuances of each law to properly determine when to apply each law in personnel situations.

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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Certification

By on August 15, 2012 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author says that most of the time, managers should not deny FMLA requests, but he says there are some rare instances when it is prudent to do so.

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