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Seminar: Workplace Investigation Basics-Oakland 150526
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May 26, 2015 • Oakland • Eli Makus & Amy Oppenheimer
9 am to 4 pm, Ginn House, 660 13th Street, Oakland CA 94612

Eli Makus   Amy Oppenheimer

The fifth annual presentation of 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. Each attendee will receive program materials containing valuable checklists, forms, and templates that will assist them in carrying out investigations. The seminar runs from 9 am to 4 pm and includes continental breakfast and lunch. The seminars are co-sponsored by the State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section.  In previous years this seminar has sold out, so register now to secure your attendance.

Members Register $250
State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section Members Register $322.50
Non-Members Register $395

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Eli Makus has a broad range of experience advising employers in all industries, from healthcare to transportation. He advises employers in employment law compliance and partners with clients to identify legal risks and develop efficient, creative solutions before claims arise. Mr. Makus conducts independent and unbiased workplace investigations on complex and sensitive workplace disputes. He is also experienced in conducting regulatory compliance investigations. Mr. Makus has trained thousands of managers and human resources representatives on all aspects of employment law, including introduction to employment law, wage-hour compliance, disability accommodations and leaves of absence, federal contractor compliance, retaliation, discrimination and harassment prevention, social media in the workplace, performance management, and reductions in force. Prior to co-founding Ellis Buehler Makus, Mr. Makus served as in-house employment and medical staff counsel for a major California healthcare system. He was also an attorney with Hanson Bridgett LLP, where he provided advice to public and private employers and defended clients in state and federal court actions and administrative proceedings. Mr. Makus received his law degree from the University of California, Davis.

Amy Oppenheimer has more than 30 years experience working in the field of employment law. For the past twenty-five years her emphasis has been preventing and responding to workplace harassment and discrimination. After litigating on behalf of plaintiffs for eight years Ms. Oppenheimer began a neutral practice as an investigator of claims of harassment and discrimination, trainer, mediator and arbitrator. She is also a retired Administrative Law Judge for the State of California. Ms. Oppenheimer is the author of many articles about harassment, bias and discrimination, including one of the only practical guides to doing investigations: Investigating Workplace Harassment, How to be Fair, Thorough and Legal, published in 2003 by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is a trial qualified expert on the issue of employment practices in preventing, responding to and investigating workplace harassment and discrimination, having testified at trial, deposition and arbitration more than sixty times. Ms. Oppenheimer is a frequent speaker on investigations for AWI and other professional associations. For AWI she has presented at seminars, webinars, annual conferences, and the AWI Institute. Ms. Oppenheimer is the Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California, is the founder and immediate past president of AWI, and the Chair of the AWI Institute.

Location: Ginn House, 660 13th Street, Oakland CA 94612

For more information:
Contact: AWI Office
Phone: 206-209-5278