This popular, fast-paced, interactive program is designed to introduce participants to the theory and practical skills necessary to investigate allegations of employee misconduct in the public sector. Public sector workplace investigations involve procedural and substantive issues not present in other types of investigations.
In this seminar, the presenters discuss the issues unique to public sector investigations, along with general investigative planning, interviewing and reporting techniques. Among other things, you will learn how to:
- Identify public sector issues,
- Give the proper notifications and admonishments,
- Conduct defensible interviews and follow-up interviews without violating state laws,
- Assess credibility,
- Arrive at a legally defensible decision, and
- Issue a report to meet the agency’s needs, including evaluating and incorporating documentation gathered during the investigative process.
Attendees will receive program materials with tips and templates to assist them in their investigations. The seminar runs from 9 am to 4 pm and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Space is limited so register early to secure your attendance.
5.5 Hours – California MCLE approved
5.5 PDCs – SHRM pending approval
5.5 General HR – HRCI pending approval
Sustaining Members: $137.50
Please note that pre-payment is required. Download a PDF registration form to pay by check, or register online above.
Donna R. Evans is a California attorney who limits her practice to conducting neutral workplace investigations, training and consulting. She has conducted and managed over a hundred workplace investigations into allegations of workplace misconduct including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, violence, bullying, dishonesty, ethical and policy violations and whistleblowing. Ms. Evans has Director-level experience with a Fortune 200 company, and special expertise and experience with public sector investigations, including investigations governed by POBR and FBOR. Ms. Evans is a renowned trainer and educator and has presented training to thousands of California employees on a variety of employment and leadership topics.
Susan M. Woolley has practiced law for 25 years and has extensive experience with discrimination and workplace investigations. She served as the director of Investigations for court-appointed Civil Rights Monitor in the landmark settlements in the Denny's race discrimination litigation, assembling and supervising a team of investigators which conducted workplace investigations in 49 states. She has since served as an expert and consultant in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and private corporations to design, implement, and monitor departments to investigate and remediate race discrimination. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed her to the County Equity Oversight Panel which reviews and evaluates workplace investigations conducted countywide by the County's staff of over 15 EEO investigators. Ms. Woolley conducts workplace investigations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation for government entities and private businesses. Prior to specializing in investigations, Ms. Woolley worked on complex business and civil rights litigation. Ms. Woolley is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where she teaches fact investigation with Keith Rohman. She practices law and conducts investigations from her office in Pasadena. Ms. Woolley graduated from Stanford Law School and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. She was a Skadden Fellow.