AWI Weekly News

Promoting and enhancing the quality of impartial workplace investigations.

March 13, 2018

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Association News

AWI Annual 2018 Conference – Call for Speaker Proposals

The 2018 Annual Conference will be held October 11-13, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. If you’re interested in presenting, please submit your speaker proposals online by Monday, March 26. >> Click here

AWI Member Resource Program: Volunteers Needed

AWI Membership & Marketing Committee is looking for seasoned AWI members to serve as a resource to new members.

The Member Resource Program is being developed to help new members, particularly those who might feel geographically isolated or unsure about member benefits, feel welcomed and informed.

Acting as a Member Resource is a great way to welcome new members, learn about the benefits of AWI membership, and expand your professional relationships.

The commitment is not intended to be time-consuming or burdensome. The Membership & Marketing Committee is happy to help you get started.

Please contact Laurie Krueger at the AWI office if you have any questions, or are willing to participate as a Member Resource.

2018 AWI Training Institute for Workplace Investigators

Register today to reserve your spot at the Whistler Institute in July. 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 ANSI accredited course followed by a half-day series of assessments, with a certificate for students who pass the tests. >> Read more

Headline News

House Panel Expands Probe of Sexual Abuse of Young Athletes

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee said Thursday it had sent requests for information to the U.S. Olympic Committee and 48 national governing bodies of various sports and Michigan State University, expanding the committee’s investigation into sexual abuse within organized sports. >> Read more

A Marine colonel who investigated a sexual harassment claim at a troubled program inside the Corps’ Quantico headquarters was later counseled for allegedly harassing the wife of the unit’s chaplain, referring to her as "eye candy." >> Read more

Forest Service Chief Retires Following Harassment Reports

U.S. Forest Service chief Tony Tooke has stepped down just days after revelations that he was under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct and amid reports of rampant misbehavior including rape within the agency's ranks. >> Read more

Canadian News

Elora Festival Singers Conductor Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Elora Festival Singers artistic director Noel Edison, a member of the Order of Ontario and a longtime Elora resident, has been placed on leave as artistic director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. >> Read more

Coleman, who co-founded an acting school in Vancouver and is known for his role as Happy the dwarf in the television series Once Upon a Time, told a news conference Friday he has never kissed or inappropriately touched any acting student, staff member or fan. >> Read more

Rick Mehta Addresses Acadia's Investigation into Personal, Sexual Harassment Claims

Psychology professor argues ideas in class, on social media do not constitute harassment. >> Read more

Australasian News

Joyce Accuser Disappointed with Leak

The woman who accused Barnaby Joyce of sexual harassment says she is "disappointed" the investigation is being used for political advantage. >> Read more

Wintec Council chair Barry Harris on Friday released the terms of reference for two probes. They are a peer review and an audit on overseas spending by Wintec's executive team since 2009. >> Read more

Waikato Hospital Investigation Dismisses Sexual Harassment Claims

Allegations a senior doctor at Waikato Hospital sexually harassed and bullied a senior female colleague have been dismissed following an independent investigation. >> Read more

Features & Analysis

Women in Majority-male Workplaces Report Higher Rates of Gender Discrimination

A Pew Research Center survey conducted in 2017 (prior to the recent outcry about sexual harassment by men in prominent positions) found that women employed in majority-male workplaces are more likely to say their gender has made it harder for them to get ahead at work, they are less likely to say women are treated fairly in personnel matters, and they report experiencing gender discrimination at significantly higher rates. >> Read more

Bill Cosby Defense Cites #MeToo Climate in Asking Judge to Keep Other Accusers from Testifying

Will the "MeToo" movement sink Bill Cosby at his new trial? That's what his attorneys fear, at least if the court lets 19 other accusers testify. >> Read more

Sexual Assault on Campus: A Special Report

On campuses across New Jersey, more students are coming forward about sexual misconduct, but confusion remains. >> Read more

U.S. Regional News

Investigation Finds State Sen. Bob Hertzberg's Hugs Were Unwanted, but not Sexual in Nature

A legislative investigation into unwanted hugs by a state senator nicknamed "Huggy Bear" in California's state Capitol found that he made people feel uncomfortable but that his behavior wasn't sexually motivated. >> Read more

Independent Inquiry on Minnesota House Sexual Misconduct Released

Lawmakers and lobbyists said that Rep. Tony Cornish had repeatedly propositioned them for sex, and that he was known by many women who worked at the Capitol as someone to avoid. >> Read more

Senate Dems Push to Expel Sen. Baumgardner for Sexual Misconduct

Colorado Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham said Baumgardner already has been punished — and renewed his call for Denver’s district attorney to investigate harassment complaints at the state Capitol. >> Read more

In this Issue
  1. Association News
  2. Headline News
  3. Canadian News
  4. Australasian News
  5. Features & Analysis
  6. U.S. Regional News

Members: Did You Know...

Board Nominations Due Friday, March 16

AWI's Nominating Committee is looking for members interested in becoming more involved in AWI. Specifically, we are looking for members who are interested in serving a 2-year term on the AWI Board of Directors. Directors must be a member in good standing and available to attend 2 in-person meetings per year, one in conjunction with the annual conference and one in April or May at a time and location to be determined. The Board term begins October 11, 2018 in conjunction with the AWI Annual Conference.

Board members must be active AWI members and willing to dedicate significant time to Board responsibilities.

To be considered please submit a brief bio and candidate statement to Laurie Krueger by Friday, March 16.

AWI Webinars — Speakers Needed

AWI offers free webinars to members and is currently looking for speakers for 2018. If you are interested in presenting at an upcoming webinar, please contact Julia Renner at

Upcoming Events

March 14, 2018
Sacramento Local Circle Meeting

March 16, 2018
San Fernando Valley Local Circle Meeting

March 27, 2018
Silicon Valley Local Circle Meeting

April 2, 2018
San Francisco Bay Area Local Circle Meeting

April 11, 2018
Toronto Local Circle Meeting

April 11, 2018
Workplace Investigation Basics Seminar, Sacramento, CA

April 30, 2018
2018 Institute: Atlanta WAITLIST

May 10, 2018
Workplace Investigation Basics Seminar, Boston, MA

July 23, 2018
2018 Institute: Whistler, Canada

August 30–31, 2018
Save the Date! AAWI Annual 2018 Conference, Kingscliff, Tweed Coast, NSW

October 10-13, 2018
Save the Date! AWI Annual 2018 Conference

Upcoming Deadlines

March 16, 2018
Board Nominations Due

March 26, 2018
Annual Conference Speaker Proposal Deadline

April 23, 2018
Whistler Training Institute Early Registration Deadline

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