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Conducting Sexual Misconduct Investigations: Guidance to Keep You Out of Court




April 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM (ET)

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Most companies' sexual harassment policies contain a promise of an investigation following an employee complaint. That's fine - and - what both federal and most states' case law requires. The problem is that untrained managerial staff may compromise and taint the investigation within the first few minutes of an employee's advising the manager of their grievance.

This real world, how you do it, information and procedure-rich webinar guides you through all stages of conducting sexual harassment investigations. Join our HR & legal expert, Max Muller, in this 90-minute webinar to discover:

  • What should be included in your HR policy to facilitate sexual harassment investigations
  • Training managerial staff on appropriate actions when a complaint is presented
  • Guidelines to prepare investigative forms and checklists
  • Criteria for selecting the investigator
  • Strategies for identifying & interviewing witnesses
  • Proper investigation documentation and reporting methodologies

BONUS: Sample questions to ask the alleged victim, alleged harasser and fact witnesses

Program Highlights

  • Sexual Harassment Investigations: Establishing Proper Policies & Procedures

    • What your policies should contain to set the stage for harassment investigations
    • Train your staff - proper responses when a complaint is raised
    • How to create relevant investigative forms
  • Preparing for the Investigation: Guidance to Develop Your Plan

    • Selecting investigators - criteria to consider
    • Drafting your investigation plan - what should be included
    • How to recognize & obtain documents relevant to an investigation
  • Conducting the Investigation: Guidelines to Stay Out of Court

    • Guidelines for documenting the investigation
    • How to write an investigative report using the I-R-A-C or B-L-U-F method
    • Strategies to employ emotional intelligence throughout the investigative process
    • How to identify & interview (not interrogate) various types of witnesses
  • Live Question & Answer Session - Have your questions answered by the expert!

About The Speaker

Max Muller has more than 40 years of business experience as an attorney, businessman and professional trainer.

  • In 1990, drawing on his diverse background, he began a consulting practice focusing on providing practical solutions in the areas of workplace legalities, e.g., equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment, FMLA, ADA, COBRA, FLSA, ADEA, etc.; safety and health regulatory compliance (OSHA); facilities management; and, warehousing/ inventory control.
  • He authored several books like "The Manager's Guide to HR: Hiring, Firing, Performance Evaluations, Documentation, Benefits, and Everything Else You Need to Know, Second Edition" AMACOM Books and SHRM, New York City, August 2013.
  • He has presented more than 3,000 seminars, webinars and pod-casts all over the world attended or listened to by more than 100,000 people; as well as serving as the principal investigator on many private and public sector internal investigations.

Program Benefits

Gain expert guidance on the policies and training your company must have in place to address sexual harassment complaints and real answers on how to prepare for and conduct your investigation that will keep you out of court.