Employment Law

Workplace Investigation Interviews - How to Get Critical Evidence from Your Witnesses

Presented by Allison West
Recorded on: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Duration: 90 minutes
Prerequisites: None
CE Credits: 1.5 HRCI Credits awarded upon completion
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Every day, human resources professionals and business managers investigate allegations of workplace misconduct, harassment or other potentially unlawful claims. The probability for litigation is high and a sound investigation can frequently reduce liability. Yet, all-too-often, investigators fail to get the critical information they need because they didn’t ask the right questions, weren’t prepared and didn’t know how to handle different types of witnesses.

During this 90-minute interactive webinar you’ll receive practical examples and new strategies and techniques to help you conduct a thorough investigation and get the level of detail you need from your witnesses.

Key Learning Points and Major Questions to Be Answered:

  • How much information do you provide the alleged wrongdoer? Other witnesses?
  • How to effectively answer those tricky questions: Will I be fired? Will the alleged wrongdoer be fired? Hey, I don’t want to be involved, do I have to talk to you?
  • Keys to avoiding loaded, leading, compound and accusatory questions
  • Valuable tools for dealing with hostile or uncooperative witnesses
  • Learn to efficiently use documents and other evidence with your witnesses
  • Learn to question witnesses you feel are not being truthful

Attendees Who Will Benefit From This Webinar Include:

  • Human Resources Professionals
  • In-House Labor and Employment Counsel
  • Business Managers and Supervisors
  • Employment Law Attorneys
  • Management Consultants
Allison West Allison West
The founder of Employment Practices Specialists, Allison West uses her employment law background and a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification to help companies resolve — and prevent — employment claims. As a litigator, she was responsible for handling federal and state claims, wrongful discharge and work-related tort claims; developing employee handbooks, policies and procedures; and counseling clients concerning all facets of employment practices.

Today, she focuses on conducting workplace investigations, delivering one-on-one sensitivity training on sexual harassment, discrimination, and diversity awareness issues, coaching managers and employees with disciplinary and/or behavioral problems, providing expert witness and litigation assistance, and consulting with HR departments on administrative agency charges and employee handbooks, policies and procedures, and 24/7 employee complaint hotlines.

Ms. West is a sought-after trainer known for her dynamic and interactive speaking style. She is also a frequent speaker at local and national events such as the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition where she was ranked as one of the top ten highest rated speakers at the 2012 conference. She also speaks at the HR Star Conferences in Los Angeles and San Francisco where she has been the only presenter to receive perfect evaluation scores, and the Northern California Human Resources Association HR West Annual Conference where she is consistently ranked a top-rated presenter.

CE Credits:
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