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


Course Description: 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

Location: Washington, DC

Schedule: June 19, 2018, through June 22, 2018

Estimated Time to Complete Course: 3.5 days

Registration: 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. The class size will be limited to approximately 30 participants. Notices concerning acceptance will be sent by Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 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 "June PDS for Practitioners" in the subject line.

Agency/Vendor Sponsor: Office of Personnel Management

Course Content Contact: Employee Accountability,

Cost: Free

Method: Classroom

HR Technical Competencies: Employee Relations

General Competencies: Attention to Detail; Decision; Flexibility; Integrity/Honesty; Oral Communication; Organizational Awareness; Planning and Evaluating

Leadership Competencies: External Awareness; Flexibility; Resilience; Conflict Management; Customer Service; Decisiveness; Problem Solving; Technical Credibility; Partnering; Influencing/Negotiating

Roles:  Technical Specialist Technical Specialist

Proficiency Level: Basic

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