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Our Mission. The mission of the Association of Workplace Investigators is to promote and support workplace investigations as a distinct area of expertise and to enhance the quality of workplace investigations.

Who We Are. AWI encompasses all workplace investigations, whether performed internally or externally, addressing matters such as workplace misconduct (for example, violations of employer policies, ethical violations, fraud, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and violence), job performance, workplace safety, audits, job function analyses, and whistleblowing allegations.

What We Do. AWI accomplishes this mission by providing training and continuing education, publishing articles of common interest, creating opportunities for networking and discussion of common concerns, identifying guiding principles and ethical standards, and making available other services of value to workplace investigators.

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May 14, 2014, 1 pm PDT (20:00 UTC)
Designing an In-House Workplace Investigations Program Webinar: From Idea to Execution

Live and Recorded Webinar. 1 Hour California MCLE credit approved. CLE Information for Other Jurisdictions. 1 Hour HRCI general recertification credit approved for live webinar only.

Theresa Phillips and Derek Reimer

Theresa Phillips

Derek ReimerWhen is an in-house workplace investigations program warranted? What are the important components of an effective program? What questions should be asked and answered when designing a program? What are some of the risks and pitfalls? Informed by their experience developing and implementing in-house workplace investigations programs, the presenters will explore all of these questions during this session, and will provide insights and recommendations for others who are considering doing the same.

Members Register $70
Non-Members Register $120


Second Annual Public Sector Investigations Seminar May 20

May 20, 2014 ♦ 9:00 am to 12:30 pm ♦ Center Club ♦ 650 Town Center Dr ♦ Costa Mesa CA 92626 ♦ Includes Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Breaks & Valet Parking ♦ 3 Hours HRCI & California MCLE Credit Pending ♦ CLE Information for Other Jurisdictions ♦ Register Early ♦ Last Year's Seminar Sold Out

Presented by Marilou Mirkovich, Donna Peter and Debra L. Reilly

Marilou Mirkovich Donna Peter Debra L. Reilly

Investigating allegations of misconduct by public sector employees involves both procedural and substantive issues not present in other types of investigations.  In this half-day seminar, two experienced public sector investigators and an experienced public sector Director of Human Resources discuss the issues unique to public sector investigations, along with general investigative planning, interviewing and reporting techniques.  Among other things, you will learn how to identify public sector issues, give the proper notifications and admonishments, conduct a defensible interview, follow-up without violating state or federal laws, and issue a report that will meet the client’s needs while maintaining any applicable privileges.  Attendees will receive program materials containing tips, forms and templates that will assist them in their investigations.  Space is limited so register early below to secure your attendance.

AWI Members $150
Non-Members $300


June 6, 2014, 1 pm PDT (20:00 UTC)
Webinar: An Insider's Peek at Corporate Investigations

Live and Recorded Webinar. 1 Hour California MCLE credit pending. CLE Information for Other Jurisdictions. 1 Hour HRCI general recertification credit pending for live webinar only.

Judy Mims, Cynthia Remmers & Kitt Shute

Judy Mims

Cynthia Remmers

Kitt ShuteLearn how some companies conduct workplace investigations — how their programs are organized, how they train their investigators, when they retain outside investigators (including attorneys and private investigators), and how they address ethical issues, including impartiality and legal representation.

Members Register $70
Non-Members Register $120


Interview Role Play Road Show June 9 & 10, 2014

June 9, 2014 ♦ 9am to 12:30pm ♦ Ginn House 660 13th St Oakland CA 94612
June 10, 2014 ♦ 9am to 12:30pm ♦ JAMS 707 Wilshire Blvd 46th Fl Los Angeles CA 90017

Featuring Keith Rohman and Amy Oppenheimer

Keith Rohman

Amy Oppenheimer

It is one thing to talk about interview techniques. This unique program shows you interview techniques, live, in person, with two experienced investigators demonstrating their techniques for dealing with interviewing challenges. How does the investigator put the reluctant witness at ease? Calm down the hostile respondent? Get a frightened complainant to open up? Deal with an interfering union representative? And control the “runaway” witness, who wants to talk for hours about irrelevancies? This program is designed to show how to address these difficulties, and more. Following a short review of basic interview theory, seasoned trainers Keith Rohman and Amy Oppenheimer will demonstrate difficult witness scenarios, combing their years of experience with spontaneous improvisations, in an informative and entertaining format. The program will utilize scenarios designed by the trainers, but also invite participants to bring their own challenging experiences to see how the trainers would handle them. The program will be fast-paced, lively and interactive; it is sure to be both educational and fun. No continuing education credit is available for this program. Space is limited so register now.

Members Register $150
Non-Members Register $300


Denver Local Circle Meeting April 24

Please join the Denver Metropolitan Area Local Circle for networking with wine and cheese on Thursday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. followed at 5 p.m. by an informal presentation by Diane King, Esq. on what a plaintiff's counsel is looking for in a neutral workplace investigation.   

The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Mountain States Employers Council, 1799 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO  80203. There is free and easy parking in MSEC's lot.

RSVP to Liz Rita at erita.ihi@gmail.com by Tuesday, April 22. If you can bring snacks, please let Liz know. We welcome non-members to attend one meeting as our guest.

Diane KingDiane King, of King & Greisen, is one of Colorado's most prominent and successful employment and civil rights law attorneys.  Ms. King will give her insights on what makes an investigation fair and neutral from the complainant's/plaintiff's point of view.  Ms. King's many honors include being named as a Denver magazine 5280 Super Lawyer, one of the top 100 lawyers in Colorado, a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Law, and serving as the President of the Faculty of Federal Advocates.  She is a passionate and tenacious advocate for her clients.


Greater New York Local Circle April 30

AWI’s Greater New York Local Circle, which includes members in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, will meet on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 8:30 am at the Office of Elizabeth Gramigna, P.C. located at 51 JFK Parkway, First Floor, Short Hills, New Jersey. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Gramigna at egramigna@elizabethgramigna.com. The Local Circle will discuss the valuable lessons learned from investigations that have unfolded in the media recently.  There will also be a brief legal update. Non-members are welcome to attend one local circle meeting before joining AWI. 

Elizabeth GramignaElizabeth Watson Gramigna is AWI's Greater New York Area Local Circle Convener. Ms. Gramigna has been working with employers to resolve workplace issues for more than 25 years. Her firm's approach is to combine legal experience with human resources training to resolve conflict in the workplace, primarily through independent workplace investigations.