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    Conducting Effective Employee Investigations

    Date: April 11, 2018, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    Shauneen Scott
    Mexico Room #304, Broadway Commons 1300 Broadway St, Salem, Oregon
    $30.00 per SHRM members. $35.00 for non-members.
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    SHRMA Presents:

    Conducting Effective Employee Investigations

    In this #MeToo era, conducting prompt and effective employee investigations (whether in response to a complaint of harassment, or other employee wrongdoing) is critical for all employers.  From Fortune 500 businesses to five-person ‘mom and pop’ firms, knowing when and how to investigate and employee complaint can make the difference between a peaceful resolution or costly litigation.  The Company’s investigation file can quickly become the first line of defense in court, too.

    When should you document and investigate an employee complaint?  Who should conduct the investigation, and how should you document it?  What can you say about the results to the person who complained?

    Join us for tips and tales from the trenches, as we tackle effective investigation techniques, confidentiality issues, common mistakes and more. 


    Kurt Barker is a partner at Karnopp Petersen LLP, Central Oregon’s preeminent law firm.  (His firm is based in Bend, but Kurt was raised in Salem and travels to the Valley quite often on business and personal trips.)  He serves as Chair of his firm's Employment Law department and on the board of the Oregon Employer Council - Central Oregon, and is currently a board member / past President of his local SHRM Chapter.  As an employment law and litigation attorney, Kurt has been representing employers in all aspects of the employment relationship for the last seventeen years.  His practice emphasizes counseling employers on employee terminations, accommodations and medical leave, drafting handbooks and contracts, conducting trainings, helping employers avoid claims and defending them before agencies and in court. 


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