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Rescheduled Webcast - Disabled Veterans and Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace

February 10, 2012 15:54 by Brittany Banasik

We will be having our rescheduled seminar on reasonable accommodation in the federal workplace on Tuesday, February 21st at 1:00 p.m. EST with our guest speaker Christopher Kuczynski, Esq. of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The event will be closed-captioned and a transcript of the conference will be available.

A description of the discussion topics can be found below. Please click here to register for this event through WebEx.

The audio will be through your phone; all attendees are muted on arrival. You will receive dial-in information in the Web Ex confirmation email for both the WebEx presentation on your computer and the telephone conference call dial in number after you register. We would suggest that you register in advance of the presentation start time to acclimate yourself to WebEx.

You will be able to ask questions of Chris during his presentations via Web-Ex e-mail which Chris will address every 15 minutes or so. We look forward to your participation.

Sincerely,

Jack Malgeri

 

 

As our society seeks to assist disabled individuals, including our noble disabled military veterans, to fully participate as members of the American workforce, the topic of reasonable accommodation in federal employment has become a topic of considerable interest for federal human resource professionals. Christopher J, Kuczynski, Esq., Assistant Legal Counsel, ADA/GINA Policy Division, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will be discussing legal requirements for reasonable accommodations in the federal workplace on Thursday, January 26th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. EST. This free seminar will be hosted by the American Society for Training and Development and The Public Manager.

Key topic points will include:

  • Knowing the requirements of your agency’s reasonable accommodation procedures and follow them
  • Responding to requests promptly, as undue delay may constitute a denial of accommodation
  • Engaging in good faith in the interactive process
  • Construing “disability” broadly
  • Avoiding assumptions that individuals with the same disability need the same accommodation

To learn more about reasonable accommodation, please visit the EEOC website at: www.eeoc.gov

To learn more about the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, please visit: www.vba.va.gov

To learn more about government accommodations for veterans, read The Public Manager.

By Jack Malgeri


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Disabled Veterans and Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace

January 24, 2012 11:06 by Brittany Banasik

By Jack Malgeri

As our society seeks to assist disabled individuals, including our noble disabled military veterans, to fully participate as members of the American workforce, the topic of reasonable accommodation in federal employment has become a topic of considerable interest for federal human resource professionals. Christopher J, Kuczynski, Esq., Assistant Legal Counsel, ADA/GINA Policy Division, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will be discussing legal requirements for reasonable accommodations in the federal workplace on Thursday, January 26th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. EST. This free seminar will be hosted by the American Society for Training and Development and The Public Manager. Please click here to register.

Key topic points will include:

  • Knowing the requirements of your agency’s reasonable accommodation procedures and follow them
  • Responding to requests promptly, as undue delay may constitute a denial of accommodation
  • Engaging in good faith in the interactive process
  • Construing “disability” broadly
  • Avoiding assumptions that individuals with the same disability need the same accommodation

To learn more about reasonable accommodation, please visit the EEOC website at: www.eeoc.gov

To learn more about the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, please visit: www.vba.va.gov

To learn more about government accommodations for veterans, read The Public Manager.


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Will a Government Re-Org Work? That Depends.

January 13, 2012 15:24 by Kristen Fyfe

News today that President Obama asked Congress to grant him the power to streamline parts of the federal government may sound familiar to those familiar with The Public Manager, a quarterly journal ASTD publishes that focuses on federal government leadership that works. The very topic was addressed in the Summer 2011 issue that featured a 28-page Forum focused on government reorganization.

"Whatever structure eventually emerges, President Obama will want affected employees to change their past behavior to achieve the new goals and objectives," wrote Robert Tobias, in his article titled "Leading Differently: Can Reorganization Change Things?"

Sounds like learning professionals in the federal government might have their work cut out for them.

You can read more of Tobias's article here. It follows an introductory piece by Alan Balutis.

 

 


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Getting federal employees and managers on the same page

November 22, 2011 12:00 by Ann Pace

(From The Washington Post) -- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), listed No. 1 in this year’s Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings, had been rated 25th out of 30 large agencies six years ago.

After initiating a set of management reforms geared toward improving employee culture and morale, the FDIC has seen their scores skyrocket – a good reminder to federal leaders that doing the hard work can improve employee job satisfaction, commitment and ultimately performance.

To help federal leaders turn their agencies around, the Best Places to Work analysis produced by my organization, the Partnership for Public Service, includes staff/manager alignment data that provides insights into how the employees and the leaders each perceive the work environment.

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Government Workforce: Learning Innovations Ignite Presentations Now Available

November 18, 2011 16:58 by Brittany Banasik

 

The Ignite Presentations offered during the Government Workforce: Learning Innovations Conference Lunch & Learn on November 2nd are now available on YouTube:

Ignite Your Workforce Presentation by Lauree Ostrofsky

Educating the Public on How Military Does Science Presentation by Dr. John Ohab

All I Really Need to Know, I Learned Online Presentation by Andrew Krzmarzick

 

For this year’s complete 2011 Conference Program GuideDiscussion Notes from each session, White Papers from our sponsors, and more, please visit the 2011 Conference Highlights page.

Interested in attending in 2012? 

Visit www.GovernmentWorkforce.org for the latest conference updates and highlights from 2011 for a preview of what's to come. For the latest news sent straight to your inbox, click here to sign up for our free monthly newsletter and be sure to follow @ASTDGov on Twitter.

 


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2011 Government Workforce: Learning Innovations Conference Highlights

November 18, 2011 16:26 by Brittany Banasik

On behalf of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and The Public Manager, thank you for participating in the 2011 Government Workforce: Learning Innovations Conference. Your innovative ideas and stimulating discussion are what made this year's conference a great success.

For Discussion Notes, White Papers from our sponsors, and Session Descriptions from the 2011 Program Guide for this year's conference, held November 2nd at Washington, D.C.'s Newseum, please visit our 2011 Conference Highlights page.

Miss the 2011 Conference? Interested in attending in 2012? Visit www.GovernmentWorkforce.org for the latest 2012 conference updates and highlights from 2011 for a preview of what's to come. For the latest news sent straight to your inbox, click here to sign up for our free monthly newsletter and be sure to follow @ASTDGov on Twitter. 


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N.J. invests $3.6M to bolster skills of over 8K workers

November 2, 2011 13:01 by jllorens

(From www.newjerseynewsroom.com) The state government has invested nearly $3.6 million to train employees in New Jersey industries, Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday.

The money, provided through the state Department of Labor’s Workforce Development Partnership Program, will fund training for 8,509 workers at 81 companies in skills that will improve business operations and enhance the marketability of the employees. The companies will spend more than $5.2 million to pay the employees while they undergo the training.

“Customized training grants advance the skill level of the workforce and increase the ability of New Jersey businesses to compete in the global economy,” Christie said during a visit to the historic James Candy Co. in Atlantic City, one of the earliest makers of salt water taffy.

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ASTD Image of the Day: We've Come a Long Way! Circa 1948

October 20, 2011 07:53 by aallen

Today's image comes from the January-February 1948 issue of The Journal of Industrial Training. This is one panel of the 27 sections of the Federal Training Officers' Conference exhibit of materials held recently in Washington. Shown, from left to right, are the displays prepared by the Department of Agriculture, the Justice Department's Bureau of Prisons, and the Johnson and Johnson Company.

Twenty-seven of 80 government agencies submitted materials for this exhibit. The goal of the exhibit was to increase interest in workplace training among government officials and to bring together those individuals in government whose particular concern lies in the field of training.

Technology has changed the look and dynamics of today's exhibits. What would your exhibit for your organization look like in 1948? What information would you include about your training program?

For more information about T+D magazine, visit www.astd.org/td

 

 


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New OPM guidance aims to help senior executives "hit the ground running"

October 18, 2011 13:30 by Ann Pace

(From FederalNewsRadio.com) -- Making sure new employees are fully integrated into an agency is important — especially when that new employee is the boss or a high-powered senior executive.

The Office of Personnel Management is rolling out a new one-year transition framework to help new executives transition better and faster through an "onboarding" process.

OPM's plan, called "Hit the Ground Running," includes checklists and goals for new high-level hires.

John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris the onboarding model has been gaining traction across the government and for a variety of positions.

"Everybody can think back to a time when they started a new job and had a bad onboarding experience," Palguta said. "They showed up on the first day, the organization wasn't ready for them, they had a desk but nothing on it, IT had not gotten them a password and it was just a terrible experience."

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Supreme Court to decide if government can get involved in church-employee workplace dispute

October 5, 2011 15:35 by jllorens

(From The Washington Post) WASHINGTON — The Supreme Count on Tuesday seemed deeply divided on how far the government can intrude inside the employment practices of churches and religious groups, a decision being closely watched by religious institutions concerned about their independence and by civil rights groups looking out for their employees.

The issue in the dispute between the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School of Redford, Mich., and former teacher Cheryl Perich is whether a government agency has the right to sue the school on her behalf for firing her after she complained of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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