Do you know how to conduct a lawful workplace investigation?
The objective of an internal investigation is to discover facts on which to make a sensible and lawful decision. Done correctly, an investigation should resolve a problem and prevent it from reoccuring, whether the issue is misconduct, a performance situation, harassment, discrimination or a workplace accident
In addition to saving potentially millions of dollars in litigation costs and lost productivity, a lawfully conducted investigation can nip workplace problems in the bud; keeping businesses operating smoothly - and out of the courtroom.
Making the right decision often turns on the quality of the investigation that has been conducted. Without the facts, decision-making is flawed and can expose the employer to significant liability.
Over the course of two days, you will actively engage (through role playing) in detailed, “real time” investigations as the attorney-instructor guides you through the investigatory process; giving important pointers and recommendations throughout. Participants will learn how to handle complaints legally by gaining actual experience in interviewing witnesses and evaluating evidence.
This uniquely interactive and comprehensive preram will provide investigators with a framework of legal and best practices knowledge and will give you the confidence, skills and techniques needed to properly conduct an effective investigation.
How you will benefit:
- Learn step-by-step guidelines for investigating any complaint
- Be proactive and avoid the legal pitfalls of investigations
- Know what steps to take to minimize your liability
- Understand what sexual harassment is - and what it isn’t
- Get a realistic view of the timing of investigations
- Get beneficial advice on handling evidence
- Keep your work force running smoothly during and after an investigation
- Guard against retaliation and subsequent inappropriate misconduct
After completing this course you will have learned:
- How to recognize workplace situations that require an investigation
- How to develop an investigation plan
- How to collect and record evidence
- The rights of the parties involved in an investigation
- How to identify and interview the plaintiff, witnesses and the respondent
- How to assemble statements and write a thorough and defensible report
- When and what information can, and should, be released to the involved parties
- How to make recommendations about next steps after the investigation is complete
Scenario investigations include:
- Sexual harassment
- Complaints of discrimination
- Safety concerns
- Medical issues
- Circumstances where employee witnesses would prefer not to voluntarily participate
Mr Gavin S. Appleby,
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Gavin S. Appleby, Esq. is a Shareholder with the law firm of Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Atlanta where he advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters. He has been consistently rated as an IAML "all-star" instructor for more than 20 years. He has been named in Best Lawyers in America, Employment & Labor-Management, Atlanta every year since 2010. Mr. Appleby presents at many IAML seminars including the Certificate in Conducting Lawful Workplace Investigations Seminar, the Certificate in Making Employment Workplace Decisions Workshop, the Certificate in Employee Relations Law Seminar, and numerous in-house programs and webinars. Participants appreciate how he combines his legal skills with practical insights into workplace issues.
Mr. Appleby's focus ranges from defending single plaintiff and class action employment cases to advising on and litigating wage and hour matters and handling OSHA issues. He also has significant experience in union avoidance, defending union campaigns, handling arbitrations and mediations, and conducting investigations. He is nationally known for his employment law and diversity training, as well as for developing legally-defensible diversity programs. He received his B.A. degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia where he was a member of the national Moot Court Team. Mr. Appleby is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. He lectures extensively throughout the country and has written a number of published articles on employment and labor law issues. He is also the co-author of a text on pre-employment testing. He is also a Member of the Anti-Doping Review Board - International Tennis Federation, ATP Tour and WTA Tour.
This seminar will be beneficial to participants who have a good foundation of knowledge in employment law.
The titles and/or responsibilities of those who typically participate in this seminar include:
- Affirmative Action Officer
- Chief Human Resources Officer
- Compliance Director
- EEO Specialist
- Employee Relations Specialist
- Human Resources Business Partner
- Human Resources Manager
- In-House Counsel
- Labor Relations Manager
- Litigation Specialist
- Operations Manager
- People & Culture Partner
- Risk Manager
- Safety Manager
- Sr. Human Resources Generalist
- Sr. Manager, Workplace Practices
- Vice President, Human Resources
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