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Advanced Internal Investigations Certificate Program Agenda

Seminar: ID# 1274275


This comprehensive seminar and workshop on Advanced Internal Investigations has been designed to provide you with training on how to best conduct an Internal Investigation.

Delivered over two days, oes beyond the basic what, why, and how of conducting an internal investigation and focuses - through both lecture and dynamic classroom discussion - on complex legal situations involving Title VII, ADA, anti-discrimination, and other regulatory areas.

You also will learn best practices for investigating FMLA abuse, work-related injuries, workers’ compensation fraud, conflict of interest, and how to work with external resources such as private investigators and law enforcement agencies.

You receive:
  • Information-packed training covering everything you need to perform an Internal Investigation, plus
  • Interactive sessions throughout the course to test your new knowledge, plus
  • Mock investigations where you can apply all of what you’ve learned



Module 1: Current Issues Affecting Internal Investigations
  • Examine the current environment
  • Shift from on-site to virtual work environments
  • Increase in remote investigators and virtual internal investigations
  • Examine emerging employee relations and ethics issues
  • Review trends in how organizations are transforming internal investigative processes
Module 2: Evaluating Common Mistakes In Internal Investigations
  • Review court cases that were painful lessons for employers
  • Identify key strategies for how to avoid making the same mistakes
Module 3: Creating Standards And Consistency In The Investigative Process
  • Implement standard protocols and preparation steps
  • Preparing for interviews: developing interview question templates
  • Documenting complaint intake
  • Documenting conversations and witness statements
  • Maintaining an evidence log and chain of custody
  • Documenting investigator case notes
  • Reviewing best practices for case management and evidence storage
Module 4: Regulatory Areas That Affect Internal Investigations
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    • Review employer obligations in responding to EEOC charges
    • Examine the complexity of Title VII, ADA, and retaliation cases related to Covid-19
    • Evaluate the importance of conducting proper investigations to mitigate risk
    • Review the EEOC charge process
  • National Labor Relations Act

    • Review the latest issues involving the NLRB
    • Social Media, Section 7, and "Concerted Activities"
    • Investigations and confidentiality
    • Recording in the workplace
    • Weingarten rights: Conducting interviews with represented employees
Interactive Exercise:
We Just Received an EEOC Charge for Racial Discrimination. Now What?
Module 5: Federal Employment Laws And Risk Mitigation Strategies To Minimize Claims Of Retaliation
  • Review of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and anti-discrimination laws
  • Employer obligations regarding when and how to conduct investigations
  • Harassment: Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment
  • Review of other laws that can come into play when conducting internal investigations
  • Identifying when interim remedial action steps are necessary
  • Review of current retaliation cases - and staggering employer costs for punitive damages
  • Minimizing retaliation claims before, during, and after an investigation
Module 6: Launching An Investigation: Crucial Steps To Working A Good Case
  • Review of “Investigation Don'ts”
  • Assessing the case at complaint intake
  • Establishing roles and responsibilities to minimize political interference
  • Identifying Resources: Internal vs. External?
  • Determining when to get legal counsel involved
  • Determine when to get law enforcement involved
  • Review what to expect when working with law enforcement
  • Determine how to provide evidence and cooperate within legal boundaries, including

    • Subpoenas and Court orders
    • Attorney engagements
    • Identifying when an investigator must recuse him/herself from a case

Module 7: Advanced Investigator Strategies For Evidence Collection and Preservation
  • Researching the "5 Rs" in Preparing to Work a Case
  • Working with IT in Collecting Digital Evidence:

    • Internet log / Virtual Private Network (VPN)
    • Surveillance systems
    • Phone records
    • Employee access card records
    • Electronic messages
    • Social media

  • Identifying and Collecting Open Records Evidence

    • County courthouse records
    • Online information services (Lexis Nexis)

  • Best Practices in Identifying, Collecting, And Preserving Physical Evidence In The Workplace

    • Preventing evidence tampering
    • Preserving and safeguarding evidence that has been collected
    • Handling and disposal of dangerous or illegal drugs and weapons
Module 8: Advanced Techniques For Developing, Acquiring, And Documenting Testimonial Evidence
  • Preparation strategies for conducting witness interviews
  • Examine the Bulls Eye technique for investigative interviewing
  • Develop interview questions and strategy
  • Establishing timelines to identify fact patterns
  • Establish security protocols for investigative interviews
Module 9: Conducting Substance Abuse Investigations in the Workplace
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act
  • Review the legalization of marijuana and the "patchwork quilt" of state laws
  • Discuss emerging issues in employee substance abuse and drug testing
  • Examine advanced investigator strategies for conducting substance abuse investigations
Interactive Exercise:
To Hire or Not to Hire? Investigating a Case Involving an Individual with a Medical Marijuana Card
Module 10: Best Practices For Writing An Investigative Report And Closing Out A Case
  • Using standardized formats that are "court ready"
  • Timesaving Best Practices: headers, footers, drop-downs, appropriate stamps
  • Preparing investigation reports for outside parties to understand
  • Eliminating opinion and bias from the report
  • Incorporating of electronic evidence into reports without creating challenges
  • Preserving documents post-investigation for unemployment hearings, arbitration hearings, insurance claims, and litigation
Group Activity: Conducting An Advanced Level Mock Investigation Involving A Possible Code Of Business Conduct, An Ethics Violation, And Retaliation

Program Summary
  • Action Steps Beyond the Program
  • Program Wrap-Up


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