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Promoting and enhancing the quality of impartial workplace investigations.

April 17, 2018

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Association News

AWI Training Institute in Whistler, BC—Register before April 23 for the Best Rates

The early registration deadline for the Whistler Institute is next week, so register today to save up to $400. 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

Workplace Investigation Basics Seminars Coming to Chicago and Boston—Register Today

This popular, fast-paced, interactive program is designed to introduce the participants to the theory and the practical skills necessary to investigate 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. >> Read more

2018 AAWI Annual Conference

Workplace Investigations: Maximum Impact, Minimum Harm, Conducting Effective Investigations with Care

Workplace investigations can be challenging, particularly emotionally, for all participants, whether they are the complainants, respondents, witnesses, colleagues, an HR department or the investigator. This conference will explore best practice in investigations with a focus on how to achieve outcomes that minimize the negative impacts. The conference will conclude with a facilitated workshop to develop standards for Australian workplace investigations including the suitable supports for participants. >> Read more

Headline News

'Morally Unfit': The Moments that Mattered in James Comey's Explosive Interview

James Comey broke his silence about a wide range of topics relating to his interactions with Donald Trump before being unceremoniously fired last year. >> Read more

The first woman to lead the body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature was forced out on Thursday, a stunning casualty in a sexual abuse and harassment scandal that has threatened to sully one of the world’s most acclaimed cultural honors. >> Read more

Congressional Office Stored Sexual Harassment Complaints on an Unsecured Private Server

Capitol Hill employees who confidentially made formal complaints about sexual harassment and other workplace violations were left exposed, potentially for years, by the very office charged with handling their complaints. >> Read more

Canadian News

Military Commission Investigating Handling of Complaint Alleging Recruits Tortured in '80s

A decision by Canadian military investigators to shut down a probe into allegations that recruits were stripped and tortured during exercises decades ago will now come under independent scrutiny, the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada announced Thursday. >> Read more

Two office staffers with Mountain MPP Monique Taylor and one with east Hamilton-Stoney Creek MPP Paul Miller have alleged workplace bullying and discrimination. >> Read more

Former MP Shelly Glover Resigns from Winnipeg Police Service, Citing 'Toxic Workplace'

Former Conservative cabinet minister writes WPS 'lacks accountability and fair treatment for all'. >> Read more

Australasian News

Four Corners Fallout: ATO under Review from Both Sides of Parliament, Unions Defend Staff

Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer has ordered Treasury to lead an investigation into the ATO that is “full, thorough and detailed” but also fairly quick, her spokesperson explained. >> Read more

When Sadonia Folimatama, 16, was pulled over for speeding, police wanted to confirm her identity in a way that left the teen stunned. >> Read more

Man Who Claimed Boss Dubbed ‘Mr Stinky’ Would ‘Lift His Bum and Fart’ on Him Loses $1.8 Million Case

David Hinsgt sued Construction Engineering, where he worked as an entry-level contract administrator between 2008 and 2009, for psychiatric and physical injuries allegedly suffered as a result of being bullied in the workplace. >> Read more

>> Related Story: Man Loses $1.4 Million Lawsuit against Boss Accused of Maliciously Farting on Him for a Year

Features & Analysis

At the EEOC, Harassment Cases Can Languish for Years

The U.S. federal agency handling workplace harassment complaints has a huge backlog, with wait times for resolution often stretching years. >> Read more

Pro Cheerleaders Say Groping and Sexual Harassment Are Part of the Job

Cheerleaders for professional sports teams are often dancers with backgrounds in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and tap. After beating out dozens of other dancers for the job, they have a chance to show off the athletic and dancing skills they have honed for years. >> Read more

Partisan Divide Seen over Sexual Harassment, Pew Poll Says

Democrats and Republicans, on the whole, have markedly different views about sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a new, large-scale survey by the Pew Research Center conducted against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement. >> Read more

>> Underlying Report: Sexual Harassment at Work in the Era of #MeToo

U.S. Regional News

Missouri Governor Claims "Witch Hunt" before State House Releases its Report

The governor has been accused of sexual misconduct and blackmail involving a hairdresser. >> Read more

Washington State Lawmakers, Staffers Consider Independent Office to Take Harassment Complaints

Several women have stepped forward publicly in recent months with stories of harassment or inappropriate workplace behavior by former and current Washington state lawmakers. >> Read more

Sex Discrimination Subject of Newly Resolved Federal Probe of University of Montana

The University of Montana signed an agreement this month to resolve an allegation it discriminated against a student on the basis of gender when it failed to adequately respond to incidents of sexual violence, according to records from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. >> 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...

Did you know AWI has a webinar archive? Recordings are available to members on the AWI website. Topics include How to Survive (and Thrive) Doing 10,000 Investigations a Year: Triage, Scope and Response for the Internal Investigator; Assessing Credibility: How do you do it? and more.

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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

AWI Conference Sponsorship Opportunities!

Don't miss your chance to become a sponsor for AWI's 2018 Annual Conference! We're meeting in San Francisco, CA, on October 11–13 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, and we want you to be there! >> Read more

Upcoming Events

May 2, 2018
Silicon Valley Local Circle Meeting

May 2, 2018
CAWI Webinar: Workplace Harassment Investigations — Working Jointly with the Union

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

May 17, 2018
Workplace Investigation Basics Seminar, Chicago, IL

July 23, 2018
2018 Institute: Whistler, Canada

August 30–31, 2018
AAWI Annual 2018 Conference, Kingscliff, Tweed Coast, NSW

October 11–13, 2018
Save the Date! AWI Annual 2018 Conference

Upcoming Deadlines

April 23, 2018
Whistler Training Institute Early Registration Deadline

June 30, 2018
AAWI Annual Conference Early Registration Deadline

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