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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?

  • CLE Accredited: All our courses are CLE accredited by the Delaware CLE Commission and we offer all materials attendees need to get CLE credit in their state(s).
  • 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.

We want to share with you our training schedule for Fall 2023! These trainings are a great opportunity to experience the incredible faculty and instruction we provide in partnership with cyberFEDS.

All trainings (except the EEOC Hearing Boot Camp) will be held both in-person at our Silver Spring, MD training facility and virtually as an interactive livestream via the Zoom for Government platform.

We hope to welcome you to one of our trainings soon.

Due to the uncertainty of a government shutdown, we are postponing all Fall trainings. Please check back for new dates.

EEOC Case Law Update

Presented by Deryn Sumner, & Gary Gilbert
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

The EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations issues thousands of decisions each year. This session will cover the most important decisions you need to know to engage effectively in written and oral advocacy before the EEOC. The course will review these key decisions and key takeaways you can incorporate into your practice on cases covering disability and reasonable accommodations, harassment, sanctions, other findings of discrimination, and remedies, including back pay and compensatory damages.

EEOC Hearing Boot Camp

Presented by Gary Gilbert, Deryn Sumner, Cori Cohen, Shannon Leary, & Ed Passman
Location: In-person only – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD

This interactive program provides beginner Complainant- and Agency-side representatives in the federal sector with the essential tools they need to practice before the EEOC. This program will include an overview of the legal framework of the types of cases within the EEOC’s jurisdiction, as well as help build practical skills for practitioners through interactive demonstrations and an opportunity to participate in a mock deposition and/or hearing. Attendees will also learn substantive material along the way, including of the most recent developments in EEOC case law, through discussions of hypotheticals based on real cases. This is an intensive program that will require some advanced preparation from attendees.

FLRA Case Law Update

Presented by Kevin Owen & Saul Schwartz
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

This comprehensive legal update will cover the latest decisions from the FLRA. We will review the current legal landscape and the most recent guidance on topics such as unfair labor practices, exceptions to grievance-arbitration awards, and negotiability disputes regarding collective bargaining.

Nuts & Bolts of Reasonable Accommodation

Presented by Deryn Sumner & Shannon Leary
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

This course teaches attendees about Disability Law and the Reasonable Accommodation process, including who is entitled to receive reasonable accommodation for a disability, different types of claims that can be raised, and how agencies should respond to requests for reasonable accommodations. The course also outlines 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. We will also focus on the most often-requested accommodations, leave and telework, as well as what obligations agencies have and best practices for responding to those requests. Attendees will learn about the circumstances when medical documentation is needed to respond to reasonable accommodation requests, fitness-for-duty examinations and the direct threat assessment, and the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of employees’ medical information. This course is ideal for Agency civil rights staff, EEO and Human Resources staff, reasonable accommodation coordinators, Agency legal representatives or other individuals responsible for defending the Agency, and even Union stewards who may advise and represent bargaining unit employees.

MSPB Case Law Update

Presented by Kevin Owen & Renn Fowler
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

This comprehensive legal update will cover the latest decisions from the MSPB and the Federal Circuit. We will review the current legal landscape and the most recent Board and Court guidance on hot topics such as the impact of COVID-19, harassment claims, due process, and whistleblowing claims.

Employee Relations 2023: Essentials of Conduct and Performance Actions

Presented by Kevin Owen, Renn Fowler, Gary Gilbert, & Peter Broida
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

ER professionals will learn how to provide effective advice to managers without stepping into the role of a decision-maker and will guide managers through the process of issuing discipline. The instructors will cover how to prepare a case to withstand scrutiny before the MSPB, how to distinguish between concerns of performance versus conduct, preparing performance improvement plans, charges and penalties, progressive discipline, and how to identify similarly situated employees. The course will also cover how to provide ER advice to supervisors on holding employees accountable where the employee has filed an EEO complaint or has a disability.

Fundamentals of Remedies & Damages (1): Training, Restoration of Leave, and Other Available Relief

Presented by Gary Gilbert, & Shannon Leary
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

Knowledge of available remedies and damages to successful complainants is a must for anyone involved in the processing or litigation of federal sector EEO complaints. This session, part of a three-part series, will focus on front pay, which the EEOC can award under certain circumstances, and which can lead to substantial monetary explore for agencies. This session will discuss when front pay is appropriate, and what must be demonstrated in order to obtain such an award. Note: This is part of a three-part series on remedies and damages available to successful complainants before the EEOC. Attendees can elect to attend the entire series, or individual sessions.

Practice Before the EEOC

Presented by Deryn Sumner, Gary Gilbert, Shannon Leary, Dwight Lewis, & Peter Broida
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

If you only attend one program this year, this should be it! This 4-day course will provide attendees, both new and experienced, with invaluable insights from our experienced instructors as they demonstrate best practices to increase skill and effectiveness when practicing before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Attendees will learn how to assess potential litigation risk of a case for their agency, how to conduct effective discovery, how to evaluate a claim for damages and present arguments that any award of damages should be limited, how to draft concise and effective written submissions to the EEOC, and strategies for presenting your case at hearing. Throughout the sessions, attendees will learn about common pitfalls and how to avoid them. This training will also include a module about the latest developments in the EEOC.

Appropriately Handling and Preventing Workplace Harassment: Sexual Harassment

Presented by Shannon Leary, AJ Hill, & Gary Gilbert
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

This course will discuss how to prevent and appropriately handle claims of harassment in the post-#metoo era. Agency attendees will learn the best way to handle and investigate harassment claims, including a discussion of how best to implement the recommendations made by the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. We will also cover what additional steps an agency should take when harassment does occur in the workplace to promptly address and prevent its reoccurrence. Managers, Agency personnel responsible for conducting harassment inquiries, and those involved in EEO investigations should not miss this course!

Addressing Religious Accommodations Post-Groff v. DeJoy

Presented by Gary Gilbert & Deryn Sumner
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

This course walks attendees through what constitutes discrimination based on religion and how to handle requests for religious accommodation in the workplace after the Supreme Court’s 2023 decision in Groff v. DeJoy. Attendees will learn what constitutes “sincerely held” religious beliefs, the process for receiving and responding to requests for religious accommodation, and discussions of other theories of discrimination that can be raised, including harassment/hostile work environment.

Practice Before the MSPB

Presented by Kevin Owen, Grace Carter, Renn Fowler, & Peter Broida
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

If you practice before the MSPB, you won’t want to miss this four-day intensive seminar that explores all aspects of litigating appeals before the Board, from evaluating the case, through discovery and hearing, to potential petitions for review and appeals to the Federal Circuit. Attendees will hear invaluable insight from our experienced instructors as they outline best practices and share common pitfalls and how to avoid them. This training will touch upon all the hottest issues and areas of Board practice through a series of modules that address the Board’s jurisdiction, evaluating the case, conducting effective discovery, affirmative defenses and claims of harmful procedural error, and presenting the evidence at hearing. Attendees will also learn about the latest developments at the Board.

Fundamentals of Remedies & Damages (2): Reinstatement, Back Pay, and Front Pay

Presented by Deryn Sumner
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

Knowledge of available remedies and damages to successful complainants is a must for anyone involved in the processing or litigation of federal sector EEO complaints. This session, part of a three-part series, will cover all the important aspects of back pay awards, including mitigation, other benefits that can be included in back pay awards, and how events such as obtaining other employment, moonlighting, and returning to school impact awards of back pay. Note: This is part of a three-part series on remedies and damages available to successful complainants before the EEOC. Attendees can elect to attend the entire series, or individual sessions.

Workplace Civility: Addressing Bullying and Establishing a Culture of Inclusion

Presented by Gary Gilbert, Deryn Sumner, & Dwight Lewis
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

This course discusses how to distinguish between workplace bullying and incidents which have or could lead to actionable claims of harassment and what obligations supervisor and managers have to take prompt corrective action in response to such incidents The session will include discussion on how to create a work environment where employees feel heard and valued, how to approach diversity and inclusion in the federal workplace and how to address claims of bullying in the workplace, and how implicit bias can exist in various aspects of employment such as hiring, promotion, and performance and conduct issues.

Appropriately Handling and Preventing Workplace Harassment: Other Basis of Harassment

Presented by Gary Gilbert, Deryn Sumner, & Dwight Lewis
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

In order to assert successful affirmative defenses, agencies must act promptly and appropriately once harassment is reported. This training will address what steps agencies must take when allegations of harassment are received. Participants will take away from this training an understanding of the legal requirements and practical considerations for responding to allegations, or other knowledge of, harassment in the federal workplace. Attendees will learn how to distinguish between actionable harassment and workplace slights that do not rise to the level of harassment, and the needed elements to establish affirmative defenses to harassment. This session discusses and incorporates the latest case law and guidance from the EEOC, including the recently issued “Promising Practices for Preventing Harassment in the Federal Sector.”

Essentials of Federal Sector Labor Law

Presented by Saul Schwartz, Frank Ferris
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

We know labor law can sometimes feel like a free-for-all, so we’ve designed this course to cover everything the federal sector labor law practitioner needs to know. We’ll discuss ULPs, negotiability, arbitrations, exceptions to awards, and requesting and responding to RFIs, including what each side needs to present its case and how to obtain it.

Fundamentals of Remedies & Damages (3): Compensatory Damages

Presented by Deryn Sumner & Shannon Leary
Location: In-person – GTG Training Facility Silver Spring, MD or Virtual – Zoom for Government

Knowledge of available remedies and damages to successful complainants is a must for anyone involved in the processing or litigation of federal sector EEO complaints. This session, part of a three-part series, will address both pecuniary and non-pecuniary compensatory damages, how such claims must be established, and how agencies can seek to reduce such awards. This session will include an overview of the latest Commission cases addressing awards of compensatory damages. Note: This is part of a three-part series on remedies and damages available to successful complainants before the EEOC. Attendees can elect to attend the entire series, or individual sessions.

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 to anyone you think may be interested in our offerings.

Contact us at [email protected] or find out more at www.fedlawtraining.com!