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    Conducting Employee Investigations & Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls

    Date: October 20, 2011, 7:30am – 9:15am
    South Puget Sound Chapter of SHRM
    C.I. Shenanigans
    3017 Ruston Way
    Tacoma, WA 98402
    (253) 752-8811
    SHRM Members: $20 ($25 late reg.) / Non-SHRM Members: $25 ($30 late reg.)
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    LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER - CLOSES AT 4:00PM TODAY!  Please join us for this months program offering; Conducting Employee Investigations & Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls.  This program is designed to assist employers in conducting timely and thorough workplace investigations to ascertain the facts related to allegations of misconduct and/or poor performance.  This training will include an overview of the investigative processes and avoiding litigation by conducting thorough, objective investigations for claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, the supplying of services under the IDEA, workplace theft, conflicts of interest, professional misconduct, illegal gift of public funds, and school violence.  In conclusion, the training will provide an overview of critical reporting mechanisms, the client / employer relationship, and conveying the facts and outcome of the investigation through a investigative summary that is fact finding but reader friendly.  

    ABOUT THE GUEST SPEAKER - Mr. Chris Burton. J.D., of Reynolds & Burton Law Firm, is Asst. City Attorney for City of Enumclaw, Executive Director of the Washington School Personnel Association, and an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University, teaching Education Law.  He has a broad background in all legal matters related to public schools, labor & employment law. Mr. Burton handles and resolves contentious disputes, provides legal services related to workplace investigations, provides effective legal advice on numerous employment issues, and represent management with their collective bargaining needs in addition to providing training on regulatory compliance. Mr. Burton has extensive experience in providing legal services related to workplace investigations in many work environments including but not limited to School Districts, Ports, Counties, and Private Enterprise. Mr. Burton has conducted numerous investigations on a variety of matters. In addition, Mr. Burton has undergone training at the National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama related to the protocols and best practices in interviewing of children. In addition, he has conducted over 300 workplace investigations over the past six years including complex, high level workplace investigations for over 35 school districts, ports, and counties across the State of Washington in addition to a variety of workplace investigations for private industry. 

    Please register early to ensure we have an accurate headcount for breakfast, seating and handouts. If you must cancel your registration, please do so no-later-than 4:00pm on Monday, October 17th for a full refund. If you do not cancel and fail to show, we must bill for the expenses incurred.  To register, please click on the link below:



    We hope to see you on Thursday, October 20th.  Chris is an energetic, engaging speaker and knows his topic inside and out, so this should be a great training session.


    Kimberly A. O'Neil, SPHR, SHRP

    (253) 376-4499