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CLE - Best Practices in Workplace Investigations

Monday, November 28, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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When confronted with an employee complaint or an incident of misconduct, it is likely that an employer will need to conduct an investigation into what happened. In the context of complaints of harassment or discrimination in the workplace, an employer has an obligation to investigate the matter and take appropriate remedial action.

Recent decisions highlight that the manner and scope of an investigation can impact an employer’s potential liability for the underlying incident. But every investigation raises a number of thorny issues. From the employer’s perspective, it has to decide whether to conduct an investigation at all, and, if so, who should conduct the investigation. If an attorney is involved, the employer needs to consider whether the investigation is intended to be privileged and should it be. Further, the employer needs to think about the scope of the investigation and its timing. Employees who raise a complaint or participate in an investigation will have concerns about confidentiality and protection against retaliation. Complainants must also decide whether to wait out the employer’s investigation or proceed to filing an administrative charge. If the investigation implicates potentially criminal conduct or professional licensure issues, employees who are the subject of the investigation may have to decide whether to cooperate with the investigation.

This program will explore these and other issues that can arise in every workplace investigation. The panel will offer their perspectives on how to conduct an investigation that is effective and protective of the interests of both employers and employees.

Registration Categories:
Premier Member - Free. Included as part of membership.
BBA Member - $130.00
Non-Member - $230.00
BBA Member - Legal Services/ Government Lawyer - $70.00
Law Student - $30.00

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Refunds & Cancellations
Please note that refunds will only be allowed for cancellation notices received at least 24 hours before the program.

Materials: The BBA has gone digital! We are reducing our printing of hard copy materials for accredited programs. All of our materials are now offered in electronic format and is sent in advance to registrants via email. Free WiFi is available in all conference rooms so you can easily have your materials on your portable devices and laptops!

Accreditation: This program is eligible for 2 hours of credit. The BBA is an accredited provider in Rhode Island. Credit is also available in New York, through the NY Approved Jurisdiction Policy; and through reciprocity agreements in Maine, Vermont and California. Please refer to the rules in each jurisdiction for further instructions on submitting programs for CLE credit. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the program.

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Julia Carvalho


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