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    Conducting Lawful Investigations Workshop With Complimentary Cocktail Reception to Follow

    Date: September 12, 2013
    Organizer:
    South King County HR Association
    Location:
    DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport – Southcenter

    16500 Southcenter Pkwy
    Tukwila, WA, 98188, US
    Price:
    Early Bird Registration Discount!
    Event Type:
    Half Day Workshop
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    Time:     Check-In – 12:30 p.m.
                   Program – 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
                   Reception – 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

    HRCI Credits: 3 General Credits

    Workshop Description:

    Effective internal investigations require more than analytical expertise. Objectively reviewing, characterizing and documenting factual allegations is critical. Facilitated by Doug Smith, Jim Zissler, Breanne Sheetz, and Deidra Nguyen, attorneys from Littler's Seattle office, this interactive session will examine key phases of an effective investigation, with an emphasis on practical skills. Using realistic scenarios, workshop participants will receive hands-on experience in the following techniques:

    • The right and wrong way to conduct complaint intake
    • How to determine and articulate allegations objectively
    • Investigation planning strategies that keep the fact finder on the right track
    • Interview techniques that cut through the noise and get to the facts
    • Proper methods for documenting interviews—from note taking to witness summaries
    • Objectively documenting findings

    Following the workshop, join us in the atrium for a networking reception with complimentary appetizers and a hosted bar.

    A portion of the proceeds for this event will be donated to support the SHRM Foundation.

    Presenters:

                   Doug Smith
                   Jim Zissler
                   Breanne Sheetz
                   Deidra Nguyen

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    Douglas Smith

    Douglas Smith focuses his practice on representing clients in complex class action litigation and offering advice on legal compliance with federal and state wage and hour requirements. He also helps employers respond to wage and hour investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. He has also testified before the Washington State legislature on numerous class action and wage and hour issues and consulted on a variety of legislative matters. He works with many well-known national and regional companies, including retailers, food manufacturers, and others.

     

    James Zissler

    James Zissler is experienced in all aspects of employment law and provides consultation and advice on matters such as disability accommodation, wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination, wage and hour, and unfair competition.

    A skilled litigator, he has tried two class actions to a jury, obtaining successful verdicts in both, and has handled numerous appellate matters in federal courts. He has also successfully litigated numerous non-compete cases.  James arbitrates union grievances and has extensive experience with corporate safety and health issues, including defending employers in Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act enforcement proceedings.

    An experienced trainer, Jim has educated both private and public employers about diversity, harassment, discrimination, workplace violence prevention, accommodation, ethics, and investigations.

     

     

    Breanne M. Sheetz

    Breanne M. Sheetz advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters arising under federal and state law. She has particular expertise with wage and hour class and collective actions, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract claims.  She regularly represents clients before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, as well as in arbitration. She has litigated numerous large-scale Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions in federal courts across the country.

     

     

    Deidra A. Nguyen

    Deidra A. Nguyen advises employers of all types and sizes regarding various employment and personnel issues and claims, including non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, wage and overtime, workers’ compensation, unemployment, discrimination and harassment, and disability and accommodation. She helps clients stay current and compliant with an ever-changing legal landscape by drafting and revising employee handbooks, policies, and employment agreements. As part of her employment litigation work, Deidra has represented clients in matters under investigation by the United States Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Washington State Human Rights Commission, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries, and various other state and federal employment agencies. Deidra also has experience working on complex multinational human resources projects, including review and revision of local, regional, and global employment policies.

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