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    The Flawless HR Investigation-- REGISTRATION CLOSED- NO WALK-INS

    Date: September 4, 2014, 7:30am – 9:30am
    Beth Gilley
    Dimension Data
    11730 Plaza America Drive
    Suite 340
    Reston, VA 20190
    Plenty of parking in garage in rear of building
    Event Type:
    Discussion Group Meeting
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    Some of the most complex challenges HR professionals face involve how to investigate complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.  Legal issues have to be addressed, and often there are other “political” or hierarchical dynamics in play as well.  The clock is ticking, and you had plenty on your desk before you heard about this complaint.  What are the things you’re required to say and do?  What should you avoid?  What should you document?  This discussion will focus on practical tips for talking to witnesses, deciding what happened and what should be done about it, and creating good documentation.

    Come prepared to discuss the following:

    - What complaints should be investigated? Who should do it? Separating the complainant and accused.

    -Planning: What you say to the complainant, accused, and witnesses? How to map out questions.

    -Recordkeeping: Notes or tape recording?  Keeping track of issues, witnesses, documents?

    -Reaching conclusions and writing the report:  Should you make recommendations, name witnesses?

    -Circling back with the complainant, accused and witnesses.

    Facilitator: Beth Wolffe of The Wolffe Law Firm

    Our facilitator for this discussion is Beth Wolffe with The Wolffe Law Firm, LLC.  Beth has practiced employment law for almost 30 years, representing only employers.  She has conducted numerous investigations of complaints of sexual harassment, race and sex discrimination, and retaliation. She has also guided many clients in conducting their own, in–house investigations.  Beth regularly advises companies on employee policies and handbooks, wage and hour issues and audits, attendance and accommodation issues under the ADA, FMLA, and Virginians with Disabilities Act.  Beth also litigates on behalf of employers in state and federal courts in VA, DC and MD, and before the EEOC and US Department of Labor, as well as the state counterparts of those federal agencies.  For more information on her practice, see her website at

    Please join us for this lively discussion. You are welcome to extend an invitation to interested colleagues. No fee is charged for attending.  However, registration is required on-line, at least 24 hours in advance, via the Dulles SHRM web site ( -- Chapter Discussion Groups. If you have questions, contact Beth Gilley at 703.444.2254 or Participation may be limited to the first 25 people who sign up.

    Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014
    Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
    Place:  Dimension Data

                11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 340

                Reston, VA 20190