Conducting Internal Workplace Investigations Legally and Effectively - Webinar By TrainHR
Venue: Online Training
|Event Date/Time: Aug 01, 2012||End Date/Time: Aug 01, 2012|
This webinar is intended to help HR professionals to understand the importance of appropriately investigating claims of discrimination and employee misconduct by providing an understanding of the potential bases of liability. In addition, the webinar will assist the HR professional in understanding the goals of an investigation, as well as the audience of an investigation - employees, plaintiffs' lawyers, judges, juries, and administrative agencies.
The webinar will also provide a framework for conducting investigations, including steps for interviewing and evaluating witnesses and documentation, as well as for resolving discrepancies between witness accounts. Finally, the webinar will discuss how to respond to investigations by outside administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as mechanisms such as pre-dispute mediation and arbitration agreements, to minimize potential legal costs.
Why you should attend: The existence of effectively enforced rules, fair and thorough investigation of complaints and misconduct, and an understanding of the legal process relating to employee claims are essential to limiting and defending against charges by increasingly litigious employees. Improperly conducted investigations can impair a companyâ€™s ability to defend itself from claims and may actually create liability.
Areas Covered in the Session:
Understanding the Importance of Investigating
Understanding possible bases of liability
Understanding the goals of the investigation
Understanding the audience for the investigation
Understanding How to Conduct an Effective Investigation
Preparing for the investigation
Understanding How to Conclude the Investigation
Communicating the results
Acting on the results
Understanding How to Respond to Inquiries from Administrative Agencies
Understanding Alternatives to Limit Potential Liability
Who will benefit:
Chief Human Resource Officers
Senior Management Team
HR Managers, Directors, and Administrators
Ron Taylor heads Venable's Maryland Labor and Employment Practice Group.
Mr. Taylor advises and defends employers nationwide on occupational safety and health issues and on a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including wage and hour, privacy, non-compete, collective bargaining, employment discrimination, disability, and wrongful discharge.
Mr. Taylor's clients include a broad array of private, public, and non-profit businesses of all sizes located throughout the United States. With nearly 30 years of experience, he has been consistently identified as one of the most recognized Maryland labor and employment lawyers, and noted for his sound judgment and ability to achieve great results for his clients, as well as for his extensive experience in occupational safety and health law.
Mr. Taylor handled the first Maryland case to establish the proposition that a disclaimer in an employee manual can prevent it from becoming a contract. He has obtained summary judgment or dismissal of claims, or prevailed after hearing in numerous discrimination, wrongful discharge, and other employment cases. Mr. Taylor has also successfully and efficiently defended hundreds of enforcement actions by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state plan agencies in over forty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.