AWI Workplace Investigation Basics Virtual Seminar Series
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5/6/2020 to 5/20/2020
When: May 6, 13, and 20, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, CT
Where: Videoconference


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Join us for a virtual offering of the popular AWI Workplace Investigation Basics Seminar. This online seminar will consist of three 90-minute modules 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.

  • May 6: Planning & Evidence Module, Alex Sperry & Tina Ro-Connolly
  • May 13: Interviewing & Credibility Module, Terri Abad Levenfeld & Jeremy Eaves
  • May 20: Report Writing Module, Eli Makus & Beth West

Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and engage virtually with the presenters and attendees throughout each module. Each registrant will receive program materials containing valuable checklists, forms, and templates that will assist them in carrying out investigations.

Space is limited, so register now to secure your spot.

Note: This series will not be recorded so participants will be required to attend each session live.

CE Information

4.5 Hours – California MCLE pre-approved
4.5 PDCs – SHRM pre-approved
4.5 General HR – HRCI pending approval

Rates

Members: $275
Sustaining Members: $137.50
Non-Members: $425

Presenters

Jeremy Eaves Terri Abad Levenfeld is a bilingual attorney who has spent over 15 years dedicated to conducting impartial workplace, education and Title IX investigations in English and Spanish. Ms. 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 and education investigations, Ms. Abad Levenfeld works with elementary schools through post-graduate programs. Ms. Abad Levenfeld is experienced and adept at navigating the varied and complex issues that arise in the workplace, school and campus environments. Prior to focusing her practice on investigations, Ms. Abad Levenfeld represented both plaintiffs and defendants in employment, civil rights and personal injury cases. This diverse background provides her with a distinct degree of impartiality when conducting investigations. Ms. Abad Levenfeld currently serves on the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) Board of Directors, serves as full-time and part-time faculty for AWI’s ANSI-Accredited Training Institute for Workplace Investigators, and presents at AWI’s seminars.


Jeremy EavesJeremy Eaves is Vice-President of Human Resources at DaVita Kidney Care, a Fortune 200 company headquartered in Denver, CO. Eaves joined DaVita in 2010, and currently leads a team of 50+ teammates responsible for policy development and implementation, disciplinary consultation and internal investigations, and shared HR compliance services to support a domestic population of over 55,000 employees. Eaves’ tenure in human resources spans over 20 years. Prior to joining DaVita, he held a variety of human resources positions at ING, OppenheimerFunds, and KeyBank, all leaders in the financial services industry. In addition to being a board member and faculty for the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), Eaves was co-founder of the Colorado New Talent Management Network (CoNTMN). He previously held board positions with Colorado Human Resource Association (CHRA) and Rocky Mountain Human Resource Planning and Strategy (RMHRPS). A native of Colorado, Eaves holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration, both from Colorado State University. He resides in Broomfield, CO where he has trained for multiple marathons, century cycling events and the CrossFit Open.


Eli MakusEli Makus is an employment attorney whose practice is focused on conducting impartial workplace investigations. He is a co-founder of the law firm Ellis Makus LLP, which specializes in workplace and Title IX investigations. The firm has several attorney investigators and conducts impartial investigations across California for public and private employers. Eli regularly trains on all areas of employment law, including conducting workplace investigations. Eli previously served as in-house counsel for a large healthcare provider where he conducted and supervised investigations and helped develop an internal investigations program. Before that, he worked for a large Northern California law firm representing employers in a variety of employment law matters. Eli is devoted to promoting and enhancing the quality of impartial workplace investigations. He is an AWI Board Member and is active on the Institute committee. Eli earned his law degree from King Hall at the University of California, Davis.


Christina J. Ro-ConnollyChristina J. Ro-Connolly is a Partner with the Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer. Tina has over a decade of labor and employment law experience and joined the firm after serving for 11 years at the Contra Costa County Counsel’s Office, advising departments on legal matters for a workforce of approximately 9,000 employees. Such legal matters included employee discipline, employee complaints, discrimination complaints, wage and hour complaints, alleged labor violations, and labor negotiations. Tina has conducted numerous investigations with the Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer, including allegations of discrimination and harassment based on age, gender, race, disability, and sexual orientation, allegations of abusive conduct, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, retaliation, and favoritism, and allegations of general workplace misconduct, many of which included allegations against elected officials and high-level executives. Tina leads AB1825 trainings, workplace investigator trainings, and bias trainings and also conducts audits of internal workplace investigations. Tina is a member of the California State Bar and Contra Costa County Bar Association, a sustaining member of AWI, and a graduate of AWI’s Training Institute for Workplace Investigators. Tina is also an AWI Certificate Holder (AWI-CH) and has also received the certificate from T9 Mastered to conduct Title IX investigations. Tina is also an Advisor to the Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association, Labor and Employment Section, as well as a member of the Publications Committee for the AWI Journal.


Alex SperryAlex Sperry has dedicated his entire career to providing labor and employment law counseling, training, and investigative and litigation services to public and private employers.  Since 2013, Mr. Sperry’s practice has focused on conducting impartial workplace investigations.  He investigates a variety of allegations, ranging from harassment, discrimination and retaliation, to bullying, workplace violence, failure to accommodate, fraud, breach of confidentiality and employee discipline.  Mr. Sperry is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). He frequently presents to AWI’s membership on investigation-related topics.  For the past five years, Mr. Sperry has served as a full-time faculty member at AWI’s week-long Training Institute for Workplace Investigators, where he has trained others in the specialized knowledge and skills required to successfully conduct impartial workplace investigations.  Mr. Sperry himself graduated from the Institute in 2014, and subsequently earned his AWI-CH designation.  Mr. Sperry is also a frequent lecturer on workplace-related issues.  He has developed and delivered trainings to thousands of managers and non-supervisory employees throughout California.  In particular he has studied and lectured on ethical issues in employment, including presenting workplace ethics training to multiple groups.  Mr. Sperry co-authored Applying the California Supreme Court’s “Mixed Motive” Analysis in Workplace Discrimination Investigations, published in the AWI Journal.  He also presented the AWI Webinar The Attorney Investigator: Avoiding Ethical Missteps.  Mr. Sperry graduated from the University of California at Davis (1996) and from Santa Clara University School of Law (1999).  He lives in Sacramento, California.


Beth WestBeth West is a shareholder at Weintraub Tobin and is the Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Group. She is admitted to practice law in California and Washington and has years of experience counseling and defending employers in all areas of employment law. Her practice focuses on counseling and training employers, human resource professionals, and management staff on laws relating to hiring; performance improvement; disciplinary actions; privacy; terminations and lay-offs; employment policies and contracts; protection of trade secrets; wage and hour laws; leaves of absence and accommodation laws; discrimination, harassment and retaliation; and compliance with other state and federal employment laws. Beth also has extensive experience defending employers in various forms of employment-related litigation in state and federal court, and in administrative actions before a number of state and federal agencies. In addition to her employment practice, Beth serves as a neutral and independent workplace investigator for private companies and public agencies. She is a charter and sustaining member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and has passed the rigorous AWI exam to obtain a certificate in workplace investigations. Also, with her years of experience as an employment attorney and her specialized training and certification from Cornell University's ILR School in employment mediation, Beth provides trusted and effective mediation services to resolve various employment-related disputes.


Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your seminar registration and do so before Friday, May 1, your seminar registration fee will be refunded, minus a $50 USD processing fee. To cancel your registration, email Julia Renner at juliar@awi.org. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after Friday, May 1.

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