PASCO Event April 21: Investigating Workplace Issues Involve more than just an “Investigation.”

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Speaker:  Attorney Richard Rybicki advises employers on all aspects of labor and employment law. Rybicki and Associates

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cost: PASCO Members $30, Non-Members $45

Location: Fountaingrove Inn

101 Fountaingrove Pkwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Time: Registration, Breakfast and Networking  7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Event 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Credits: Approved for 1.5 HRCI and SHRM General Recertification Credits

Event Details:

Working with employees from the moment they report a situation, to contact with coworkers, to the time a complaint is resolved requires a delicate balance of sensitivity and thoroughness.  Every member of management – from the HR Director to line-level supervisors – should know their company’s policies and practices for investigating workplace issues.

Many laws require formal investigation, such as harassment complaints and industrial accidents.  Other times, employers should investigate complaints or information even when not technically required.  All investigations should follow a similar process ensuring consistency and objectivity.

This presentation covers the traditional role of workplace investigations as well as other times a comprehensive investigation can benefit employers.  We will discuss best practices, guidance provided by EEO agencies, what is expected to show that a situation was investigated properly, and the benefit of a properly conducted workplace investigation.  We will also discuss some common issues facing human resources such as confidentiality, bias and privacy.  Finally, we will  consider the role of investigations in litigation and real-world examples where investigation has helped, and sometimes hurt, employers.

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