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Course Title: Professional Development Series (PDS) for Employee Relations Practitioners


Course Description: In collaboration with the Employee and Labor Relations Network, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Accountability and Workforce Relations office will sponsor a complimentary training opportunity for Employee Relations (ER) practitioners, January 16, 2018 through January 19, 2018, covering employee and labor relations principles. The location for the training will be the Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20415. Additional location details and course information will be provided in the acceptance notices.

The application deadline is Thursday, December 7, 2017

PDS for Employee Relations Practitioners was developed to assist the human resources community by enhancing the skills needed for successful job performance. The course modules focus on issues and topics of interest to employee and labor relations practitioners who assist and advise management on performance and conduct based actions. The training will include topics such as:
  • Addressing and Resolving Poor Performance
  • Adverse Action Rights Under 5 U.S.C. Section 7511
  • Disability Law and Reasonable Accommodation
  • Basic Labor Relations for ER Practitioners
  • MSPB’s Most Influential Decisions
  • Leave Issues
  • Medical Documentation
  • Proposing Discipline/Charge Writing
  • Whistleblower Protection

This installment of the PDS for ER practitioners was designed for individuals with no more than five years of ER experience. Therefore, individuals with more than five years of experience are not eligible for consideration for PDS. The class size will be limited to approximately 35 participants. Notices concerning acceptance will be sent by Thursday, December 14, 2017, to applicants and nominating officials.

We are excited about administering the PDS for Employee Relations practitioners training. It will provide a quality training experience with minimal cost to your agency. Agencies must provide any required travel and lodging for participants.

Please share this invitation and the attached Application Form with your agency components and other colleagues. If you have questions, please contact us at Please use "January PDS for Practitioners" in the subject line.

Thank you for forwarding this announcement and Application Form to others who may be interested.

Accountability and Workforce Relations
(202) 606-2930

Location: Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20415.

Schedule: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Friday, January 19, 2018

Estimated Time to Complete Course: 3.5 days

Registration: Complete the application and submit by COB Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Agency/Vendor Sponsor: Office of Personnel Management

Course Content Contact: Jason Thomas,

Cost: Free

Method: Classroom

HR Technical Competencies: Employee Relations; Labor Relations

General Competencies: Creative Thinking; Customer Service; Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence; Technical Competence

Leadership Competencies:

Roles:  Technical Specialist Technical Specialist

Proficiency Level: Basic

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