Disciplining Federal Employees
Availability: Summer 2020
Table of Contents (from 2010 edition)
Text Sample (from 2010 edition)
Format: Softcover book and/or PDF eBook sent on CD or USB stick
Written by Michael Corum, an expert and leading authority on dealing with problem employees in the federal civil service, this latest and vastly expanded edition of Disciplining Federal Employees is now the most comprehensive book ever written on employee discipline, and is written especially for federal supervisors and HR specialists.
This text gives federal supervisors and managers prescriptive guidance on not just the basic principles of discipline, but the details of handling virtually all disciplinary situations in federal service. It begins by leading supervisors through the four sequential decisions they must make in any disciplinary action. The book then describes how to apply these decisions to the most common situations, set up preventive measures, and closes with winning tactics for firing the worst employees. The book contains hundreds of examples from appellate and court decisions and real-life examples from what federal agencies have done, both right and wrong.
Federal supervisors and managers rely on and can trust Disciplining Federal Employees for authoritative guidance on these topics:
- Basic Principles of Federal Discipline—correction, redemption consistency, and third-party review
- The Law of the Workplace—management and employee responsibilities to each other
- Disciplinary Offenses—when is conduct misconduct
- Formal and Informal Disciplinary Measures—what to use and how to choose between them
- Determining the Penalty—penalty concepts and factors to consider in choosing a penalty
- Establishing the Facts—types and weight of evidence and pre-action investigations
- Offenses Against Management—insubordination, disrespect, and related offenses
- Discipline for Absenteeism—stopping sick leave abuse, erratic attendance, annual leave problems, and tardiness
- Offenses of Dishonesty—lying, falsification, misrepresentation, and lack of candor
- Offenses Against Government Property—theft, unauthorized removal, and conversion
- Off-Duty Conduct—establishing the connection with the job
- Sexual Offenses—handling all types of sexual misconduct, not just sexual harassment
- Workplace Violence—assaults, threats, and intimidating behavior
- Alcohol and Drug Use—when addiction is a causal factor in offenses and handling use on the job
- Offenses by Supervisors—when to discipline supervisors for failing to supervise and for acts committed by subordinates
- Discipline for Performance Problems—when to use performance standards and when to use disciplinary actions
- Protected Activities—recognizing protected activities and avoiding reprisal
- Procedures and Administrative Details—only the procedures supervisors need to know
- Preventive Steps—recognizing why employees do wrong and preventing it
- Firing Your Worst Employee—identifying and firing your employee from hell
Also included are a detailed table of contents.
Available as a softcover book; or .pdf ebook on CD-ROM, USB stick, or download.