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2015 Seminar: Workplace Investigation Basics - Seattle, WA
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Workplace Investigations Basics Seminar:

September 15, 2015, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Lane Powell PC • 1420 Fifth Avenue. • Seattle, WA  98111
Eli Makus and Judy Mims

Eli Makus   Judy Mims

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 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. 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. Previous sessions of this seminar have sold out, so register now to secure your attendance.

Members $250
Non-Members  $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. He is a graduate of the 2015 AWI Training Institute in Sonoma County, California, co-presented the 2015 AWI Workplace Investigations Basics Seminar in Oakland, and is a candidate for the AWI Board of Directors. 

Judy Mims received her BA in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Idaho and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Ms. Mims works on employee relations investigations at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to that she led a team of attorneys at Microsoft responsible for discrimination investigations globally. Before that, she was an Assistant Attorney General representing public agencies, including the University of Washington, in all employment and labor union matters. Ms. Mims also served for 7 years in an administrative HR role in higher education at the University of Washington School of Medicine, working on various policy and employment matters involving tenured medical faculty. Ms. Mims served on the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board as a Trustee and Chair from 1999-2001. From 2002-2006, she was the Public Sector lawyer/representative and Chair (2006) of the Executive Committee for the Labor & Employment Section of the Washington State Bar Association. She is presently serving on the Board of Directors for the charity West Side Baby, which provides nearly half a million diapers and supplies to under-served populations in South King County each year. Ms. Mims received her Certificate of Completion from the 2013 AWI Training Institute, was a speaker on a panel on Corporate Investigations at the 2013 AWI Annual Conference, co-presented AWI's 2014 Workplace Investigations Basics program in Seattle, was on the faculty of the 2015 AWI Training Institute in Mystic, Connecticut, and is a candidate for the AWI Board of Directors.  

Location: Lane Powell PC, 1420 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98111


For more information:
Contact: AWI Office
Phone: 206.209.5278
Email:  office@awi.org