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Keeping the “Independence” of Independent Investigations: Preserving Neutrality in the Crosscurrents
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HR/Internal Investigators Track

Friday, October 23
1:30 - 2:15pm

This session, targeted for the in-house professionals, will discuss the unique challenges presented in maintaining independence and impartiality in workplace investigations when you are employed by the firm you are charged with investigating. Topics include: Ethical responsibilities, choosing the right Investigator, avoiding bias, and maintaining independence.

Speakers: Rebecca Speer, Principal, Speer Associates and Elizabeth Gramigna, Elizabeth Watson Gramigna, P.C.

 

Rebecca Speer

Rebecca Speer

Rebecca Speer is a former litigator and pioneer in conducting independent workplace investigations. Over the past twenty years, she has completed hundreds of investigations, with an emphasis on issues affecting senior and executive management. Her clients include Fortune 100 and 500 companies, world-renowned universities, emerging companies, and professional firms. Ms. Speer graduated from Stanford University and the Santa Clara University School of Law. Before establishing Speer Associates, Rebecca was associated with Morrison & Foerster and Seyfarth Shaw.


Elizabeth W. Gramigna

Elizabeth W. Gramigna

Elizabeth W. Gramigna, Esq., SPHR, has a law practice located in Short Hills, New Jersey. Her practice consists of workplace investigations, coaching, training, and expert witness advice. The combination of her practical legal experience with human resources acumen allows her to help her clients resolve workplace challenges, and to view them as opportunities for growth. Ms. Gramigna has conducted over 125 independent investigations involving conduct of chief executives, board members, politicians, police officers, teachers, and other employees, both in the private and public sectors. She has authored articles and spoken on topics relating to ethical compliance in investigations and the nuances of a legally sound and effective investigation.


Approved for 0.75 hours HRCI general recertification credits.
0.75 hours CA MCLE credit approved; 0.75 hours WA MCLE credit approved; 0.5 hours NY CLE Professional Practice Credits approved. CO MCLE pending.

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