Live Webinar :Appraising Credibility, Reaching Conclusions and Writing an Investigative Report: A Critical Step to Minimize Liability

01:00 PM EDT | 10:00 AM PDT | 12:00 PM CDT Duration 60 Minute

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An investigation that is not documented basically did not occur.

Description

Writing the investigative report actually begins from the very beginning of your investigation and continues throughout the process. This webinar will discuss the intricacies of writing the critical final report of your investigation that may be discoverable (all documents that must be provided to opposing counsel in case of a lawsuit) if an employee files a formal charge with the EEOC or your state's human rights department, or if you are sued. A number of critical actions are required as part of your investigation. 
These include determining credibility of each interviewee, corroborating evidence and reaching a conclusion. In order to write a thorough report, investigators must make a decision as to whether the investigated misconduct was a violation of any laws or policies and present these findings in an objective, accurate and concise manner. An in-depth comprehensive investigative report memorializes the investigation, and can be evidence that an investigation actually occurred to minimize your liability. 

Why should you Attend: 

Conducting the investigation is only a portion of what is required to minimize liability. It is critical that the investigator craft a formal written report that memorializes the investigative process. If there is no formal report, there is no evidence that a fair, impartial and competent investigation occurred thereby increasing the organization's liability. In my experience as an expert witness for harassment, discrimination, and bullying lawsuits, human resources professionals do not know how to do an investigation and do not know how to document and write a final report which is critical to ensure employees civil rights are not compromised. 

Knowing how to write a formal investigative report may save a tremendous financial burden on the organization. An investigation that is not documented basically did not occur. 

Areas Covered

•    Discuss the critical elements of the investigative report
•    List frequently missing elements from reports
•    Identify how the credibility for each interview was determined
•    Describe how to reach conclusions
•    Discuss the required documents in the appendix of a report
•    List required follow-up actions

Who will Benefit

•    Human Resources professionals
•    Generalists
•    Mangers
•    Directors
•    Attorneys
•    HR Consultant

Industries who can attend

This 60-minute online course is intended for professionals in the all Industry. Although not presently stated in the draft , the same guide could be used by FDA Regulated Industries personnel


Speaker Profile

Dr Susan Strauss

Susan Strauss Ed.D. is an international speaker, trainer, consultant and recognized expert on harassment. She also conducts harassment and workplace bullying investigations and functions as a consultant to attorneys as well as an expert witness in harassment lawsuits. Her clients are from education, business, healthcare, law and government organizations from both the public and private sector. Dr. Strauss authored the book, Sexual Harassment and Teens: A Program for Positive Change, and co-authored, Girls and Boys Getting AlongTeaching Sexual Harassment in the Elementary Classroom, as well as book chapters and articles in professional journals regarding sexual harassment. She has been featured on The Donahue Show, CBS Evening News and other television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles such as Harvard Education Newsletter, Lawyers Weekly and Times of London. 

Dr. Strauss is the recipient of the Excellence in Educational Equity Award from the Minnesota Department of Education for her work in sexual harassment in education. Susan has spoken about sexual harassment in education at international conferences in Botswana, Egypt, Thailand and the U.S. She consulted with the Israeli Ministry of Education, as well as with educators from Israel, England, Australia, St. Maarten and Canada. She traveled to Poland and conducted research on sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Polish workplaces with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. Susan has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor's degree in psychology and counseling, a master's degree in public health, and professional certificate in training and development. She has been involved in the harassment arena since 1985.

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