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Trainings & Seminars

Gilbert Training Group offers Open-Enrollment Sessions at our facility in the Washington DC area as well as On-Site trainings & Webinars, in coordination with cyberFEDS®, customized to your agency’s specific needs.

Why use us for training?

  • Experienced Faculty: Our instructors are practicing attorneys, former judges, and HR, EEO and LR professionals who can deliver real-world instruction grounded in both the latest case law as well as knowledge of the current climates of the EEOC, MSPB, FLRA and other federal agencies. All our instructors have a reputation for training excellence and have received high ratings in previous training venues, including FDR Training events.
  • Interactive Sessions: We’ve developed engaging in-person interactive sessions including proven components of an effective and lasting training experience: multi-media, real-life case law examples, factual storyboards, live Q&As and mock trials/arbitrations.
  • Powerhouse Provider: We offer hundreds of years of combined expertise serving the federal HR & EEO workspace with print and online publications, tools, resources and training including cyberFEDS®, Manager Advantage, Webinars and FDR Training.

Per CDC recommendations due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), our training events are being hosted as interactive livestreams via the Zoom for Government platform. For Fall 2022 dated programs, we will also have limited capacity at our training facility in the DMV for those that wish to attend in-person. We still have space available in the following sessions:

Essentials of Federal Sector Labor Law, September 13-16, 2022; Presented by Frank Ferris, Peter Broida, Saul Schwartz, Marilyn Blandford, and Keith Taubenblatt.

Registration: Fill out registration form and send via email or mail.

This course walks attendees through how labor law impacts the federal government, including the jurisdiction of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) and Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) and how unions and bargaining units are created. Attendees will review how best to respond to requests for information, and how to avoid ULPs for failure to respond to these requests. This course will also discuss all aspects of negotiating a CBA, including management rights under § 7106. Attendees will learn alternatives for effectively presenting a case for arbitration, best practices to approach complex arbitration matters, and remedies available for successful arbitrations and strategies for mitigating awards.


Nuts & Bolts of Disability Law and Reasonable Accommodation, October 3-6, 2022; Presented by Gary Gilbert, Deryn Sumner, Alexis Tsotakos, and Julie Rook Gold. Registration: Fill out registration form and send via email or mail.

This course walks attendees through everything they need to know about disability law: who is covered by disability laws and the different types of claims that can be raised, how agencies should respond to requests for reasonable accommodations, with a discussion of ways to effectively accommodate mental disabilities in the workplace, and how to address performance and conduct issues where the employee has requested or has a reasonable accommodation.  The course will also focus on the most often-requested accommodations, leave and telework, and what obligations agencies have and best practices for responding to those requests, when medical documentation is needed to respond to reasonable accommodation requests, fitness-for-duty examinations and direct threat analysis, and the importance of confidentiality of medical documentation.

Essential Tips for Managers: Managing Smartly and Preventing EEO Complaints, Fall 2022 DATES TBD) Presented by Gary Gilbert, former EEOC Administrative Judge. *Additional afternoons may be added. Registration: Registration will open in the coming weeks.

This training covers everything a supervisor or manager needs to know to avoid complaints of discrimination, and advice about how to effectively manage a workforce when employees have filed complaints. These afternoon sessions are designed to provide an opportunity for managers and supervisors to learn about the EEO complaints process, and how to manage smartly to prevent EEO claims from being filed in the first place.  The session will also provide an overview of the EEO complaints process, including EEO counseling, alternative dispute resolution and mediation, investigations of EEO complaints filed by employees, and best practices for submitting an affidavit in an EEO investigation. Topics covered will include what workplace actions can be included in an EEO complaint, what the employee must be able to show to be successful in an EEO complaint, best practices for testifying at a hearing, and a discussion of retaliation and the types of protected activity that is considered under retaliation claims. This course will facilitate a candid conversation and the opportunity to ask questions about challenges supervisors and managers face managing employees in the federal workplace.

Diversity & Inclusion and Implicit Bias; (FALL 2022 DATES TBD), Presented by Gary Gilbert, Deryn Sumner, Dwight Lewis, and Shannon Leary. Registration: Registration will open in the coming weeks.

Employers now more than ever need to consider how best to incorporate diversity and inclusion in workforce management. Part of this includes identifying areas where implicit bias comes into play, in order to consider and move past it. This two-day program will cover what we mean when we talk about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, the idea of inclusive diversity, and what constitutes discrimination and harassment as defined by the EEOC. The program will include hypotheticals intended to create discussion among the audience and the presenters. The session will also cover how to strengthen leadership to assist in preventing workplace discrimination and harassment claims.

Tribute to Ernest Hadley; April 20, 2022 12pm – 3pm EST. Register Online

To honor his legacy in the field of employment law, Gilbert Training Group will be hosting this free seminar to honor our friend and colleague Ernie Hadley, who passed away last year. Please join us for this 3-hour event as our panel commemorates Ernie’s career and discusses the importance of protections for Federal Employees, and why these protections have never been more important than they are today.

Essentials of Issuing and Defending Conduct and Performance Actions for the ER Professional, (FALL 2022 DATES TBD); Presented by Gary Gilbert, Kevin Owen, Sam Vitaro, Alexis Tsotakos and Renn Fowler. Registration: Registration will open in the coming weeks.

This course will walk through the best practices ER professionals and employment attorneys can use when providing advice to managers and supervisors when managing performance and charging employees with proposed discipline. Day 1 covers the basics of Employee Relations, including how conduct and performance actions are addressed in the federal government, the basics of mixed case complaints and appeals, oral and written replies, preparing the agency file, and a legal update on recent developments in the Federal Circuit. Days 2 and 3 are geared for more experienced ER professionals. Day 2 walks attendees through the fundamentals of performance issues, such as time and attendance issues in the era of telework, how to issue performance actions, how to prepare and implement effective performance improvement plans (PIPs), and other performance issues such as within grade increase (WIGI) denials. The day concludes with a discussion of disciplinary issues related to COVID-19. Day 3 of this training will walk attendees through the fundamentals of conduct issues. Attendees will learn the principles of charges and penalty law, including how to draft the proposal notice and a discussion of the Douglas Factors, how to avoid due process errors, and a comprehensive guide to affirmative defenses. The day will conclude with a Panel Q&A with experienced federal employment attorneys regarding hot topics in employee relations.

Practice Before the EEOC and MSPB Taught By The Experts;(FALL 2022 DATES TBD); Presented by Gary Gilbert, Deryn Sumner, Dwight Lewis, Sam Vitaro, Kevin Owen, Shannon Leary, Don Names, Richard Vitaris, Renn Fowler, Julie Gold, and Alexis Tsotakos. Registration: Registration will open in the coming weeks.

This 5-day training will provide attendees, both new and experienced, with the invaluable insights of our experienced instructors as they demonstrate best practices to significantly increase skill and effectiveness when practicing before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Day 1 of this course is geared towards less-experienced Employee Relations professionals and employment attorneys. It will cover the basics of preparing for an EEOC Initial Status Conference, an introductory guide to Preliminary Motions and Case Assessments, and the basics of Practicing Before the MSPB. Days 2-5 are a deep dive on substantive law and the nuts & bolts of federal administrative employment law practice.  Our instructors will walk attendees through practical tips on how to effectively present witness testimony, how to manage performance for employees with disabilities, including issues related to telework, how to file effective dispositive motions, and how to value a case using available remedies and settlement tactics. Attendees will walk away from this course with a more thorough understanding of discovery before the Board and Commission, whistleblower and sexual harassment litigation, mixed cases and appeals, mediation and settlement negotiations, and due process issues. This training will also feature relevant case law updates and several panel discussions, including a Judges Roundtable, a Hot Topic Q&A, and a discussion of how COVID-19 affects EEOC/MSPB practice.

We have a one-of-a-kind faculty, including practicing attorneys and HR and LR professionals who can deliver real-world instruction grounded in both the latest case law as well as knowledge of the current climates of the MSPB, FLRA and other federal agencies. Attendees have the opportunity to earn CLE credits.

In addition, we are available to provide virtual training customized to your agency’s specific needs. Please check out our website and feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may be interested in our offerings.

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