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October 31, 2017

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Association News

Early Bird Registration Deadline is Tomorrow, November 1 for the 2018 AWI Training Institute for Workplace Investigators

The Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc., invites you to join us for a unique opportunity to network and learn with workplace investigators from around the world. In keeping with our mission to promote and enhance the quality of impartial workplace investigations, we are proud to offer the intensive Training Institute for Workplace Investigators, the gold standard in our industry. This training includes a four-day accredited course followed by a half-day series of assessments, with a certificate for students who pass the tests. >> Read more

Workplace Investigation Basics Seminars

This popular, fast-paced, interactive program is designed to introduce the participants to the theory and the practical skills necessary to investigate allegations of employee misconduct. Among other things, you will learn how to: ask effective questions, interview reluctant witnesses, obtain relevant evidence, assess credibility, and arrive at a legally defensible decision. Space is still available in the November seminars held in Orange County and Sacramento, CA, and Vancouver, BC. >> Read more

Save the Date!

Save the date for the 2018 AWI Annual Conference, October 10-13 in San Francisco, California at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Stay tuned for more details.

Headline News

Dread Hangs Over Washington as Mueller Probe Moves Ahead

It took barely an hour for President Donald Trump's first, and best, defense to crumble after special counsel Robert Mueller's charging spree. >> Read more

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Bill O’Reilly ‘Mad at God’ Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Bill O’Reilly has repeatedly blamed reports of sexual misconduct on a politically motivated media. On Monday, he admitted that he also blames a higher power. >> Read more 

Kevin Spacey Apologizes to Anthony Rapp After Sexual Accusation

Kevin Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, apologized Sunday night for what he said “would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” after the actor Anthony Rapp made an accusation about his sexual conduct with him 31 years ago, when Mr. Rapp was 14 years old. >> Read more

Canadian News

McGill Launches Investigation after Jewish Student Removed from Board

Allegations have arisen suggesting that the votes against one or more of those directors were motivated by anti-Semitism," McGill principal Suzanne Fortier said in a statement. >> Read more

The Ministry of Labour is ordering the City of Greater Sudbury to investigate a seven-month-old complaint that former fire chief Trevor Bain was harassed in the workplace. >> Read more

CSIS Says Harassment Lawsuit Should Be Tossed, Admits 'Inappropriate Language'

Canada's spy agency is asking the Federal Court to dismiss a lawsuit from five Toronto employees, saying it never engaged in or tolerated religious bigotry, used derogatory nicknames or subjected the staffers to reprisals. >> Read more

Features & Analysis

How to Interpret Robert Mueller’s Charges Against Paul Manafort

With public criminal charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort announced Monday morning, this year’s biggest political story—the former FBI director Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election—will enter an important new phase, guided not just by whispers and Twitter wars but by written indictments and the rules of federal evidence. >> Read more

O’Reilly, Weinstein Scandals Raise Debate about Nondisclosure Agreements that Silence Harassment Victims

What’s the true price of silence? It’s the question at the heart of our new national reckoning with workplace sexual harassment claims and the nondisclosure agreements that cover them up. >> Read more

Study Investigates Effects of Domestic Violence on Workplaces — by Asking Perpetrators

Researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and Western University released a new study today, taking an unconventional approach to understanding the significant effects of domestic violence in the workplace. >> Read more

Local News

Heathrow Probe After 'Security Files Found on USB Stick'

Heathrow Airport says it has launched an internal investigation after a USB stick containing security information was reportedly found on the street. >> Read more

Suffolk Prosecutor Charged With Obstructing Police Assault Investigation

Thomas J. Spota, the Suffolk County district attorney, and his top anti-corruption prosecutor were charged on Wednesday with witness tampering and obstructing a federal investigation into the beating of a suspect by the county’s former police chief. >> Read more

UK Minister Investigated After Sex Toy Allegations

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered an investigation into an international trade minister, Mark Garnier, who reportedly admitted to asking his personal assistant to buy sex toys and used a sexual slur against her. >> Read more

Dartmouth College Professors Investigated for Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Three professors in Dartmouth College’s department of psychological and brain sciences whose research included studies of sexual desire and attractiveness have been put on paid leave while a criminal investigation of alleged sexual misconduct is carried out, the authorities said Tuesday. >> Read more

In this Issue
  1. Association News
  2. Headline News
  3. Canadian News
  4. Features & Analysis
  5. Local News

Members: Did You Know...

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Upcoming Events

November 9, 2017
Orange County Workplace Investigation Basics Seminar

November 9, 2017
CAWI/AWI Workplace Investigation Basics Seminar

November 9, 2017
CAWI Wine and Cheese Mixer

November 16, 2017
Sacramento Workplace Investigations Basics Seminar

November 16, 2017
Sacramento Local Circle Networking Reception

November 16, 2017
Nashville Local Circle Meeting

November 29, 2017
Sydney Local Circle Meeting

December 1, 2017
West LA Local Circle Meeting

December 6, 2017
Melbourne Local Circle Meeting

December 6, 2017
Silicon Valley Local Circle Meeting

January 29, 2018
2018 Institute: Santa Barbara, California

April 30, 2018
2018 Institute: Atlanta, Georgia

July 23, 2018
2018 Institute: Whistler, Canada

Upcoming Deadlines

November 1, 2017
Santa Barbara Training Institute Early Registration Deadline

November 1, 2017
Atlanta Training Institute Early Registration Deadline

November 1, 2017
Whistler Training Institute Early Registration Deadline

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