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|Untying the Knot: More Complex and Unexpected Scenarios in Workplace Investigations|
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.
Lisa Buehler has more than 20 years of legal experience, nearly all spent specializing in employment law. Ms. Buehler has specialized in conducting workplace investigations for over 14 years, working with public and private employers on a wide range of matters, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower claims, sexual assault and medical peer review investigations. She has conducted investigations for Fortune 500 companies, state agencies, school and college districts, healthcare organizations, police and fire departments and financial institutions. She also speaks frequently on conducting investigations.
Linda G. Burwell
Linda G. Burwell is the president of National Employment Counsel, PLLC, a national niche firm serving in-house counsel, law firms and insurers, specializing in workplace investigations. She is a nationally recognized employment law expert with more than 25 years experience representing companies and is a frequent speaker and author on employment law and risk management issues. Ms. Burwell is recognized by the EEOC as an expert on the EEOC and was invited to testify before the commission in Washington, DC, regarding investigations and conciliations.
Approved for 1.0 hours HRCI general recertification credit.