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.

Suitability: When Conduct and Character Come Into Question

“Suitability” refers to identifiable character traits and conduct sufficient to decide whether an individual is likely or not likely to be able to carry out the duties of a federal job with appropriate integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness. The author considers some recent, real-life examples of why this is important.

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FMLA: How Serious Is It, and What Does the Law Say?

By on January 10, 2012 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 Comments

The FMLA laws can be confusing. The author poses a hypothetical scenario to help explain what would happen for an employee who requests FMLA leave because her adult daughter was injured in an accident.

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Reasonable Accommodation and Attendance

By on November 14, 2011 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires an agency to reasonably accommodate the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified employee with a disability. But how does this factor into an employee’s attendance at work?

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More on FMLA: Do Siblings Qualify for Leave? Maybe

By on October 20, 2011 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 Comments

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of protected leave each year to care for a family member who has a serious health condition. The Department of Labor changed the law in June 2010 clarifying the definition of a son or daughter. The author offers explanation of the changes.

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Family Medical Leave (FMLA) Title I vs. Title II

By on September 26, 2011 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted into law in 1993 to allow up to 12 weeks of time off for employees to care for themselves or immediate family members who had a serious medical condition. FMLA is not an antidiscrimination law, it is an entitlement law and a very complex one at that.

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The Family and Medical Leave Act: Curbing Intermittent Abuse

By on September 8, 2011 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author outlines some common scenarios he has seen employees take to try to “game the system” when using FMLA and some solutions for dealing with them.

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Managing Telework – Travel and Inclement Weather

By on September 1, 2011 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

In part III of the series on managing telework, the author addresses the questions that can arise with respect to telework and inclement weather.

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Managing Telework – Overtime

By on August 17, 2011 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 Comments

In part II of the series on managing telework, the author examines the potential problems that telework can bring for compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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Managing Telework and Locality Pay

The use of telework or flexi-place has become an attractive feature for both employees and management for a variety of different reasons. However, a poorly administered program can be more of a burden than the problem one may be trying to solve.

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