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. 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. You will also learn how to prepare and utilize all of the necessary documentation during the investigative process. Each attendee will receive program materials containing valuable checklists, forms, and templates that will assist them in carrying out investigations. The seminar runs from 9 am to 4 pm and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Previous sessions of this seminar have sold out, so register now to secure your place.
Includes complimentary breakfast and lunch.
5.5 hours – California MCLE approved
5.5 PDC – SHRM approved
5.5 General HR – HRCI pending approval
Sustaining Members: $137.50
Please note that pre-payment is required.
Terri Abad Levenfeld is a bilingual attorney who conducts impartial workplace, education and Title IX investigations in both English and Spanish. Abad Levenfeld 's clients include public entities, private employers and educational institutions. Her workplace investigations involve all employee positions and elected officials, from entry-level laborers to leaders of large organizations. In her Title IX investigations, Ms. Abad Levenfeld works with students enrolled in elementary schools through post-graduate programs. She is experienced and adept at navigating the diverse and often complex issues that arise in the workplace and campus environments. Prior to dedicating her practice to investigations, Ms. Abad Levenfeld spent over 15 years representing both plaintiffs and defendants in employment, civil rights and personal injury cases. This multi-faceted background provides her with a distinct degree of impartiality when conducting investigations. Ms. Abad Levenfeld obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a Master’s Degree in Spanish Translation from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Vida Thomas is an Of Counsel attorney in Stoel Rives’ Labor & Employment group. An attorney who has practiced employment law for over 20 years, Vida advises employers regarding all aspects of employment law and human resources management, serves as an expert witness in state and federal employment lawsuits, and mediates litigation and non-litigation matters. Vida assists parties and attorneys in resolving employment claims, including but not limited to: harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims; wrongful termination claims; failure to accommodate and statutory leave violations; whistleblowing claims; wage and hour violations; invasion of privacy claims; and other statutory, tort and contract claims.
Vida also maintains a substantial workplace investigations practice, conducting impartial investigations into allegations of employee misconduct for private and public employers. She has conducted well over 100 workplace investigations and is experienced in complying with Title IX, Title V, the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights, and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights. She has considerable experience investigating matters within a union setting and is particularly adept at investigating complex matters involving high-profile employers and individuals. Vida has been certified as an expert on investigations in federal court and frequently trains attorneys and human resources professionals on how to conduct legally effective workplace investigations. She also routinely conducts sexual harassment prevention training for state agencies and private companies.