The Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing Government Employees

The Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing Government Employees

Author: Stewart Liff
Pub Date: December 2009
Print Edition: $24.95
Print ISBN: 9780814414507
Page Count: 240
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814414514

Buy the book:

Buy the book thru Barnes and Noble. Buy the book thru AMAZON. Buy the book thru indiebound. Buy the eBook.
See other vendors.


Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction I-1

Section 1:

How to Hire a Government Employee 1

1.The Government’s Hiring Process 3

• History 4

• Outlook 13

• Look at Your Own Processes 16

2. Developing Your Strategy 19

• Anticipatory Recruitment 21

• Traditional Approach 22

• Anticipatory Recruitment Approach 23

• Targeting Your Pool 24

• The Vacancy Announcement 25

• Deciding Who to Target 28

• Expect the Unexpected 33

• Where and How to Advertise 34

• Getting Out into the Market 35

• Making Your Organization More Desirable 37

• Don’t Forget the People Who Already Work for You 40

3. Screening and Interviewing the Candidates 45

• Screening 45

• Rating

• Substitution of Education for Specialized

Experience 46

• Ranking 50

• Veterans’ Preference 53

• 5-Point Preference (TP) 53

• 10-Point Disability Preference 54

• Interviewing 55

• Preparation 56

• The Interview Itself 58

4. Post-Interview Review/Making Your Decision 65

• Following Up with Previous Employers 67

• The Selection Itself 69

• The Rule of Three 70

• Rule of Three Considerations 71

• Veterans’ Preference 72

• Objecting to Veterans 74

• Category-Based Ratings 75

• Who to Select 77

• Once the Selection Is Made 79

• Orientation 79

Section 2:

How to Fire a Government Employee 81

5. Handling Poor Employees 83

• Why Does the Government Not Deal with Poor

Performers as Frequently as It Should? 85

• History of Employee Protections in the Civil Service 85

• Working the System 91

• What Can Be Done to Change the Way That the

Government Holds Its Employees Accountable? 93

• Your Organization’s Mind-Set 94

• The Skills and Abilities of Your Management Team 96

• Your Advisors 98

• Your Overall Strategy for Dealing with Poor

Employees 100

• Identify Problem Employees 100

• Bring the Problem to a Head 102

• Take as Strong an Action as You Can 103

• Weeding Out Problem Employees during Probation 105

6. Firing for Misconduct 109

• The Investigation 110

• Deciding What to Do 113

• Burden of Proof 114

• Writing and Issuing the Proposed Removal 125

• Sample Proposed Removal Letter 130

• Considering the Employee’s Response 133

• The Decision Letter 137

• Sample Decision Letter 137

7. Firing for Poor Performance 141

• Overview 141

• Performance Appraisal System 143

• Performance Standards 145

• Communication and Feedback 150

• Sample Counseling Letter 152

• Going Forward 153

• Dealing with a Poor Performer 155

• Sample Performance Improvement Letter 159

• The Opportunity Period 161

• Sample Memo Documenting PIP Counseling Session 163

• Employee Allegations and Requests 164

• When the Opportunity Period Ends 167

• Sample Proposed Removal Letter 169

• The Decision to Fire 171

• Sample Decision Letter 172

8. The Hearing 175

• Where Employees Can Appeal Their Removals 176

• Merit Systems Protection Board 177

• Arbitration 178

• Framing the Issue 179

• Discovery 189

• The Hearing 181

• Likelihood of Success 182

• Cost 184

• Your Representatives 185

• The Evidence File 187

• Preparing for the Hearing 188

• The Hearing Itself 194

• Settling the Case 195

• Opening Statement 197

• Presenting Your Case 197

• Addressing the Appellant’s Case 199

• Closing Arguments 200

Notes 203

Index 219

Search the full text of this book

Share

Order Now!

For single copy purchases of any AMACOM title, you can connect directly to the online retailer of your choice, from the list below, to buy the title you have selected. Most of our links will take you directly to that title on the site, making your shopping experience easier. You can also visit your local retailer, and if the book is not on their shelves they can special order it for you.

Retailers: Please contact us to change or add a listing.

Buying in Bulk?

We have very competitive discounts starting at 5 copies, as well as personal service, for bulk orders. Simply contact our Special Sales Department. Call 800-250-5308 or 212-903-8420 and ask for Special Sales. You can also email: SpecSlsWeb@amanet.org