The Federal Reduction in Force Procedures course teaches participants the procedures to be followed when faced with separation or downgrading an employee because of a Reduction in Force (RIF). Course content includes defining the competitive area; assigning competitive levels; determining retention levels; releasing employees from a competitive level; separating employees by RIF; and addressing RIF notices, RIF appeal rights, retirement, compensation, severance pay, and transfer of function. The design includes a wide variety of instructional techniques designed to maximize adult learning including mini lectures, group discussions and activities, role-playing, simulations, case studies, videos, and individual and team action planning. This course encompasses the following modules:
- Reduction in Force
- Competitive Areas
- Competitive Levels
- Retention Registers and Retention Order
- Determining Tenure
- Releasing Employees from a Competitive Level
- Actions after Release from a Competitive Level
- Separation by Reduction in Force
- Requirements of Specific RIF Notices
- Placement Assistance and RIF
- RIF Appeal Rights
- Retirement and Reduction in Force
- Compensation and RIF
- Severance Pay
- Transfer of Function
Module 1: Reduction in Force
The Federal Reduction in Force module introduces participants to factors involved in a RIF including alternatives to a RIF, agency responsibilities, decisions that must be made before a RIF, the costs incurred, and problems encountered during a RIF.
Module 2: Competitive Areas
The Competitive Areas module acquaints participants with making decisions on competitive areas and relevant court cases decisions.
Module 3: Competitive Levels
The Competitive Levels module familiarizes participants with employing the undue interruption standard, determining elements that must be included in separate competitive levels, and analyzing cases and decisions on competitive levels.
Module 4: Retention Registers and Retention Order
The Retention Registers and Retention Order module acquaints participants with analyzing retention registers and retention orders in order to determine an employee’s relative standing on the retention register.
Module 5: Determining Tenure
The Determining Tenure module helps participants to understand tenure groups, determine subgroups, conduct the seven tests of veterans’ preference, alter service computation dates based on performance, and determine descending order of retention.
Module 6: Releasing Employees from a Competitive Level
The Releasing Employees from a Competitive Level module assists participants with understanding key points related to releasing employees from competitive service, handling exceptions to order of release rules, round one releases, and round two releases.
Module 7: Actions after Release from a Competitive Level
The Actions after Release from a Competitive Level module focuses participants’ attention on bump and retreat, displacements and prohibitions for bump and retreat, and qualification issues.
Module 8: Separation by Reduction in Force
The Separation by Reduction in Force module equips participants with an understanding of agency options and audit trails while providing experience with bump and retreat.
Module 9: Requirements of Specific RIF Notices
The Requirements of Specific RIF Notices module familiarizes participants with the suggested format for RIF notices.
Module 10: Placement Assistance and RIF
The Placement Assistance and RIF module introduces participants to providing assistance to employees who are adversely affected by a RIF action and helping affected employees with transitioning into new careers.
Module 11: RIF Appeal Rights
The RIF Appeal Rights module acquaints participants with an understanding of RIF appeal rights.
Module 12: Retirement and Reduction in Force
The Retirement and Reduction in Force module helps participants determine which employees are eligible for retirement within a RIF action.
Module 13: Compensation and RIF
The Compensation and RIF module equips participants with an understanding of grade and pay retention and entitlement issues.
Module 14: Severance Pay
The Severance Pay module assists participants in understanding severance pay eligibility, calculating severance pay, and addressing other benefits pertaining to RIF.
Module 15: Transfer of Function
The Transfer of Function module familiarizes participants with the steps for managing a potential transfer of function, identification of transfer of function positions, and the impacts of transfers.
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