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Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations

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A workplace investigation is a very vital activity for an organization. Any organization that gets it wrong will have to prepare to shell out huge amounts of money in lawsuits that employees could bring against it for wrongful investigations against them.

When the investigation is about sensitive employee elements, the need for being diligent and legally compliant is all the more important. Taking just one wrong step could derail the organization in many ways, because the employee could take it to court and haul it up legally for wrongful investigations.

A webinar that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, is organizing on October 7, will throw light on the proper ways of conducting a workplace investigation that is compliant with the existing laws. Diane L. Lee, President of Advantage HR Consulting, will be the expert at this webinar.

Please visit TrainHR  to register for this webinar and gain valuable insights into how to carry out a thorough and diligent workplace investigation that meets the legal requirements.

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This webinar will offer learning on how organizations should investigate potential misconduct in a way that insulates them from financial or reputational loss. As the US workforce becomes more diverse than before, accommodating as many as five different generations, the potential for litigation has only increased.

Just one misstep in the process can dampen its name and sully its image. The basis to preventing this from happening is to get a thorough understanding of how to effectively conduct workplace investigations. Diane will show how to do this, which greatly reduces the chances of the organization being sued.

She will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • What prompts a workplace investigation?
  • Various types of complaints
  • Steps to take to ensure a successful investigation
  • Conducting investigations
  • Documentation chain of custody
  • Legal obligations in conducting internal investigations
  • Reviewing the complaint
  • Gathering evidence
  • Conducting effective witness interviews
  • Gathering testimonial evidence
  • Preparing and writing an investigative report
  • Preparation for meeting with decision makers
  • Concluding the investigation
  • Handling post-investigation issues

Senior Leadership, Human Resources Managers & Supervisors, Line Managers & Supervisors, and Compliance Professionals will benefit from this session.

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About the speaker: Diane Lee brings over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources arena, during which she has gained experience in HR consulting and administration in corporate, government, consulting and pro bono environments.

Her organization provides comprehensive, cost-effective Human Resources solutions for small to mid-sized firms in the greater Chicagoland area. Additionally, Diane conducts webinars on a wide-variety of HR topics for various training firms across the country.

By attending this webinar, participants will receive information and practical advice on how to handle an investigation effectively. They will be better prepared to determine what circumstances prompted the investigation, the importance of dealing with problems early, enforcement of company policies, knowing the right questions to ask, and steps to take to protect their company from future lawsuits.

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Wage and Hour Topics: Making Sense of Requirements Affecting Exempt and Non-Exempt Employees

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For a financial supervisor, the knowledge of the relevant pay practices and applying the right one required for the type of employees she oversees is critical, no matter for how long the supervisor has been managing employees. The most fundamental knowledge needed is of the two basic pay employee status types under federal and state laws:

  • The exempt, and the
  • Non-exempt.

To many, it may seem as if some basic idea of these two types is enough. But there is a lot more to the employee pay statuses than these. One needs to be familiar with the fact that one type is paid a salary and the other, an hourly rate. This is just one of the several aspects and intricacies of what is broadly classified under “Wage and Hour.”

A learning session from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources arena, will help participants explore Wage and Hour topics in-depth. It will offer a clear understanding of several differing factors under the broader subject commonly referred to as “Wage and Hour.”

Melveen Stevenson, CEO and founder of M.S. Elemental, LLC, a human resources and business advisory firm based in Los Angeles, California, will offer valuable insights into this area of Wage and Hour practices. Please visit http://bit.ly/2Y0TMmy to enroll for this course.

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

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On the surface, handling pay practices may appear simple, but diligence is needed when it comes to classifying exempt and non-exempt employees properly. Businesses have to be acutely aware of the proper way of applying the appropriate federal and State Wage and Hour requirements. Acts such as misclassifying employees’ status, improperly paying employees, incurring penalties and fines, or making recordkeeping mistakes can invite major risks for non-compliance and the resultant penal actions.

The aim of this course is to give the participants a practical overview of the requirements along with strategies for implementing policies and procedures for Wage and Hour compliance. Melveen will examine the more common exemptions that apply to executive, administrative, and professional employees.

She will explain what differences lie between an employee and independent contractor, something that is of high importance in what is called the present-day “gig” economy, where the emphasis in many industries is on contract or ad-hoc hiring.

Being a practical one, this course will open the participants’ minds to the more common mistakes that employers make in attempting to comply with Wage and Hour requirements. The speaker will offer a review of some of the best practices that help companies be compliant.

At this 90-minute session, Melveen will cover the following areas:

  • Source of federal law for wage and hour requirements
  • Exempt and non-exempt classifications
  • Exemptions that apply to executive, administrative, and professional employees
  • Employee versus independent contractor
  • State meal and rest break requirements
  • Recordkeeping best practices for wage and hour requirements compliance.

This course is designed for the benefit of professionals that handle Wage and Hour issues, such as business owners, leaders, and managers who currently have employees, will be hiring employees, or are considering hiring an Independent Contractor. The target group also includes current leaders who have to manage either Exempt or Non-Exempt employees, and Executives, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, and Supervisors.

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About the speaker:

A certified HR professional with a background in accounting and finance, Melveen helps companies to navigate the human resources “jungle” of compliance, human capital, and leadership challenges. Melveen has held leadership positions in human resources operations, supply chain, and talent management at international companies in food manufacturing, medical devices, and consumer products. She has also worked internationally.