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September 12, 2017

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Association News

Atlanta Workplace Investigations Basics Seminar September 26

The seventh annual presentation of this popular, fast-paced, interactive program is designed to introduce the participants to the theory and the practical skills necessary to conduct impartial investigations of allegations of employee misconduct. The speakers are Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson, a partner in Robinson+Cole’s Labor and Employment Group in Hartford, Connecticut, and Cinnamon McLin, the Workplace Ethics and Concerns Manager for Southern Company Services in Atlanta, Georgia. >> Register now

AWI Annual Conference October 5-7

Attention Investigators! Don’t miss the 2017 AWI Annual Conference located in beautiful Marina del Rey, California, October 5-7. The AWI Annual Conference is one of the most sought-after and comprehensive conferences available for workplace investigators. With expert speakers, internal and external investigator tracks, and a variety of topics, the conference will provide you with a solid foundation and confidence you need to effectively conduct workplace investigations. Plus, network with fellow investigators! 
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Australasian Annual Conference 20 October in Melbourne

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the inaugural conference of the Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators (AAWI), on 20 October in Melbourne. The conference theme is Practical Justice. The program runs from 9 am to 5 pm at the Adina Hotel, followed by the annual dinner at the Metropolitan Hotel. Register by 21 September for a 10% discount. >> Details and Registration

Headline News

Trump Administration to Overhaul how Colleges Investigate Sexual Assault

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday, Sept. 7, called for an overhaul of how colleges investigate sexual assault, saying Obama-era guidelines are not working and the rights of the accused are being violated. >> Read more

Judge Blocks Ezekiel Elliott's 6-Game Suspension Over Domestic Violence Case

A federal judge blocked Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over a domestic violence case, setting the stage for a potentially lengthy legal fight with the NFL. >> Read more

Eric Bolling Is Out at Fox News Over Sex Pictures, while Charles Payne Returns to Fox Business

The network has cut loose Eric Bolling, who was suspended on Aug. 5, and has also canceled his daily program “Fox News Specialists.” >> Read more

Canadian News

Vitalité Moves to Fix "Poisoned Work Environment" at Bathurst Hospital

After a six-month investigation into staff complaints of harassment at the Chaleur Regional Hospital, 10 recommendations are now being implemented to improve what the Vitalité Health Network calls a "poisoned work environment." >> Read more

Amid Harassment Claims, Quebec Liberals Support Candidate Eric Tetrault

The Quebec Liberal party candidate for a Quebec City by election on Oct. 2 has pulled out of the race amid claims that he psychologically harassed employees of a company where he previously worked. >> Read more

Veteran B.C. High School Basketball Coach Ends Career After Complaints

Veteran high school basketball coach Rich Goulet admits he always had a tough love approach to coaching, but says he never would have expected it to lead to the investigation that ended his career over the summer.
>> Read more

Features & Analysis

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

Sometimes an international offensive begins with a few shots that draw little notice. So it was last year when Melvin Redick of Harrisburg, Pa., a friendly-looking American with a backward baseball cap and a young daughter, posted on Facebook a link to a brand-new website. >> Read more

Only Mueller's Team Knows What it's Actually Doing

With so little public information about a highly important probe, the urge to interpret—and overinterpret—each new morsel is strong. >> Read more

The Uncomfortable Truth about Campus Rape Policy

At many schools, the rules intended to protect victims of sexual assault mean students have lost their right to due process—and an accusation of wrongdoing can derail a person’s entire college education. >> Read more

Local News

Local Prosecutors Ask FBI to Help Investigate Following Utah Nurses’ Violent Arrest

Prosecutors in Utah’s Salt Lake County have asked the FBI to join a criminal probe into the violent arrest of a local nurse who was manhandled by a detective and shoved screaming into a squad car as she tried to protect the legal rights of a patient. >> Read more

Related Letter

Nashville Schools Update Child Abuse Reporting Policy after Tennessean Investigation

Nashville educators are now directly forbidden from conducting their own investigations into suspected child abuse or neglect, one of several changes included in a new Metro Nashville Public Schools reporting abuse policy. >> Read more

OHP Report Details Investigation into Former Gov. Fallin Staffer, Upskirt Photo Allegations

Expletive and alcohol-filled Snapchats and Internet searches for how law enforcement recovers cell phone data are some of the revelations laid out in an extensive police report looking into a former Gov. Fallin staffer being investigated for allegedly taking upskirt photos of a woman during a budget meeting earlier this year. >> Read more

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

Members: Did You Know...

Did you miss an AWI Webinar? Archived recordings are available on the AWI website. Topics include Investigating Bullying and Personal Harassment in the Respectful workplace; Trauma informed approach to Violence Investigations; and Workplace Investigations in K-12 Schools -- It's Not Elementary.

Upcoming Events

September 11-15, 2017
Training Institute in Austin

September 12, 2017
Seattle Local Circle Meeting

September 13, 2017
AAWI Brisbane Launch

September 21, 2017
Silicon Valley Local Circle Meeting

September 22, 2017
San Fernando Valley Local Circle Meeting

September 26, 2017
Atlanta Workplace Investigations Basics Seminar

October 5-7, 2017
Annual Conference, Marina del Rey, California, USA

October 17, 2017
Silicon Valley Local Circle Meeting

October 20, 2017
AAWI Inaugural Conference

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

January 29, 2018
Save the Date! 2018 Institute: Santa Barbara, California

April 30, 2018
Save the Date! 2018 Institute: Atlanta, Georgia

July 23, 2018
Save the Date! 2018 Institute: Whistler, Canada

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September 21, 2017
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