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Webinar: The Ethics of Workplace Investigations
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Eli Makus

Eli Makus

Sue Ann Van Dermyden

Sue Ann Van Dermyden
1 Hour California MCLE Approved for Live Webinar Only
1 Hour HRCI Pre-Approved for Live Webinar Only
Recorded webinar will be available free to members.

Each participant in a workplace investigation has a different role to play and faces different ethical obligations and pitfalls along the way. This webinar will explore the ethical issues that in-house attorneys, external counsel, investigators and plaintiffs' or complainants' attorney face when conducting, supervising and representing parties in workplace investigations. In addition to ethical obligations around zealous advocacy and maintaining privilege, the presentation will consider the following ethical rules:

California Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Rule 2-100 Communication with a Represented Party
  • Rule 3-100 Confidential Information of a Client
  • Rule 3-110 Failing to Act Competently
  • Rule 3-500 Communication [with Client]
  • Rule 5-210 Member as Witness

ABA Model Rules
  • Rule 1.1 Competence
  • Rule 1.3 Diligence
  • Rule 1.4 Communications
  • Rule 1.13 Organization as Client
  • Rule 3.7 Lawyer as Witness
  • Rule 7.1 Communication Concerning a Lawyer's Services

AWI Members Registration: Free
Non-Members Registration: $50

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Eli Makus has a broad range of experience advising employers in all industries, from healthcare to transportation. He also specializes in workplace investigations, training and management of pre-litigation disputes.

Sue Ann Van Dermyden is a licensed California attorney who has specialized in employment law since 1993 as a litigator and workplace investigator.  She also provides expert witness testimony on employment matters; advises clients on complex employment-related matters; and, conducts interactive and entertaining training seminars.  Ms. Van Dermyden was listed in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Her professional affiliations include the American Bar Association – Employment Law Section, American Bar Association – Workplace Investigations Sub-Committee, Association of Workplace Investigators – Board of Directors, Executive Committee Member, Strategic Committee Member, Certification Committee Member, Chair of Annual Conference Committee, Local Circle Convener (October 2009 – present), ASIS Investigations Standards Technical Committee, Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court (September 2006 – present), American Inns of Court, Program Awards Committee (2010 – 2011), Street Law International, Volunteer Instructor for High School Students (2008), University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Board of Directors, Alumni Association (1995-1997), State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Section, Sacramento County Bar Association Membership Committee, and California Chamber of Commerce.   

HR Certification Seal

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

Location: Webinar

For more information:
Contact: AWI Office
Phone: 206.209.5278