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Jo Linda Johnson

Addressing Complex Disability Accommodation Issues in Agencies’ Telework, Hybrid and Return to On-Site Work
Presented by Jo Linda Johnson, Esq.
Wednesday | December 6, 2023 • 12 - 1:30 p.m. ET


Reasonable accommodation of disabilities has always been one of federal professionals’ most challenging tasks. And with today’s evolving federal work environment, the issues involved in employees’ accommodation requests are only getting more complex.

Join attorney Jo Linda Johnson for guidance on addressing the new issues that are arising, with a focus on telework requests and other issues related to hybrid work/returning to on-site work. First, you’ll get an overview of the current accommodation landscape — and a look into what’s to come. Then Ms. Johnson will provide instruction on how the core reasonable accommodation basics can be applied to today’s requests, giving you best practices to:

  • Determine if telework or hybrid work is a valid accommodation option even if all other employees are returning/have returned to on-site work
  • Determine if an unusual accommodation, such as a comfort animal, will allow an employee to effectively perform the essential job functions
  • Respond when an employee seeking accommodation will not provide requested medical documentation
  • Reassess current accommodations if the jobsite changes or the employee's needs/condition change
  • And more

Plus, case scenarios will further illustrate how to apply the accommodation process to complex requests, such as full-time telework for a previously on-site job and accessibility for an employee who experienced loss of function during the pandemic.

Meet Your Trainer

Jo Linda Johnson is a civil rights attorney with over 20 years of experience enforcing anti-discrimination laws, protecting federal employees and members of the public. During her distinguished 21-year federal career, Ms. Johnson served within the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Homeland Security. Now in the private sector, Ms. Johnson brings the same zeal for equity and justice to her new industry. She previously served on the Advisory Board for LRP’s FDR Training and is a frequent speaker at the annual event.

Who Should Attend
  • Disability program managers
  • EEO program officials
  • Reasonable accommodation practitioners
  • EEO directors and civil rights practitioners
  • Attorneys
  • EEO specialists
  • EEO counselors
  • Agency representatives
  • HR professionals

Registration Information Main Site (required for Additional Site registrations): $295 per connection
Additional Site for Teleworker: $115 per connection
JBarbara Haga

Performance-Based Actions in Today’s Federal Workforce: Current Compliance Guidance
Presented by Barbara Haga
Wednesday | January 31, 2024 • 12 - 1:30 p.m. ET


Taking a performance-based action under Chapter 43 requires your agency to follow strict rules, and OPM has revised regulations on the unacceptable performance process. On top of that, today’s teleworking, hybrid and remote workers present new issues when it comes to unacceptable performance. Get guidance on it all from noted federal HR expert Barbara Haga.

This interactive webinar will help you stay compliant, as Ms. Haga explains the legal requirements you must meet plus provides best practices for performance-based actions: what to include in the PIP notice, how much feedback to provide during the improvement period, whether an unacceptable rating can be assigned without a PIP and more.

Along with learning about recent case law that impacts how your agency takes action under Chapter 43, you’ll gain proven strategies to:

  • Differentiate between conduct and performance issues in teleworking and remote workers
  • Use the performance demonstration period to ensure the employee receives a bona fide chance to improve
  • Properly document performance during every step of the Chapter 43 process
  • Address poor performance even after an employee has previously received an acceptable rating
  • Draft a legally compliant notice of downgrade or removal
  • And more

Meet Your Trainer

Barbara Haga is the president of Federal HR Services, Inc., which provides HR training, consulting and functional services to federal agencies. She previously served as the Head of Organizational Development and Workforce Relations for NASA Langley Research Center, with responsibility for Center training programs, the Career Transition Assistance Program, and employee and labor relations and benefits functions. Prior to NASA, she worked with the Department of Navy, where her responsibilities encompassed assignments at HRO Norfolk, the Office of Civilian Personnel Management, and the Human Resources Service Center East.

Ms. Haga has had experience in all HR functional areas including delivery of numerous courses and presentations for managers and HR professionals. Her primary areas of expertise are in employee and labor relations, including performance appraisal, dealing with performance and conduct deficiencies, and grievances and appeals.

Ms. Haga writes the regular “Leave Advisor” column for cyberFEDS® and is a popular presenter at the annual FDR Training conference on HR, leave and performance management topics.

Who Should Attend
  • HR practitioners and specialists
  • Employee Relations professionals
  • Attorneys handling performance and adverse action cases
  • ER specialists and attorneys who advise managers on performance management

Registration Information Main Site (required for Additional Site registrations): $295 per connection
Additional Site for Teleworker: $115 per connection

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