March 28, 2017 Webinar– EEOC's Recent Actions: How Will They Impact Your Investigations?


Speaker: Linda Burwell

Free for AWI / CAWI / AAWI Members ♦ $50 for Non-Members
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1 hour MCLE, HRCI, SHRM continuing education credits pending.


March 28, 2017

  •  9 am PST 
  • 10 am MST 
  • 11 am CST 
  • 12 pm EST



The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was very active in 2016, taking many purposeful actions directed specifically at harassment and retaliation, from spearheading task forces, to engaging in special initiatives, revising Enforcement Guidelines, and changing long standing practices and procedures. 

This seminar will explore the impact those actions, as well as the new administration, new leadership at the EEOC, and recent cases, will have on how you conduct / manage investigations.


Linda G. Burwell, investigation counsel and president of National Employment Counsel, PLLC., serves in-house counsel, law firms and insurers primarily in workplace investigations, focusing her investigations on c-suite and high level executives.  She is often retained/referred by national employment law firms representing a wide variety of entities ranging from small non-profits to Fortune 100 Companies.  Her investigations have spanned international borders, extending from the United States into Africa, Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, India and Thailand.  She is a nationally recognized employment law expert with over 30 years' experience, is a frequent speaker/ author on risk management issues, and was invited by the EEOC to testify (as a defense attorney) before the Commission in Washington DC regarding investigations and conciliations.  She has received numerous awards and honors including being recognized in the Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, one of Michigan’s Super Lawyers, Leaders in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Top 50 Female Lawyers in Michigan, Top Lawyers by DBusiness Magazine, and she received a lifetime achievement award for Women in Leadership, from the Michigan Business & Professional Association. 






Last Updated on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 04:00 PM

26 AWI Institute Faculty Take Certificate Tests


Twenty-six AWI Training Institute faculty members took the AWI Certificate tests in the pilot administration on January 27, 2017.

The pilot administration of the tests took place at the Marriott Hotel in Walnut Creek, California, the site of AWI's 2014 annual conference. The following day, the faculty participated in a half-day training session in preparation for AWI's three Training Institutes in 2017.

There are three AWI Certificate tests--a two hour multiple choice knowledge test, a one hour written analysis and report writing performance assessment, and a twenty minute oral interviewing performance assessment. The tests will be given at the conclusion of AWI's four day Training Institute. Those who attend the Institute and achieve a passing score on all three tests will receive the AWI Certificate.

AWI will hold three sessions of its Training Institute in 2017, in Monterey, California, USA February 20-24, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA May 1-5, and in Austin, Texas, USA September 11-15. Seventy-two students are registered for the first session of the 2017 Institute in Monterey, California. That session is sold out, as all  seven previous sessions of the AWI Institute since 2012 have been.

For the 2017 Institutes, AWI has revised the Institute curriculum to hone in on the core competencies of conducting impartial workplace investigations, and to align the content of the curriculum with the content of the tests. Beginning with the Baltimore Institute in May, 2017, all Institute faculty will hold an AWI Certificate.

The pilot tests were administered to the AWI Institute faculty on January 27 as a trial run in preparation for the first public administration of the tests at the conclusion of the Monterey Training Institute in February. The pilot also gave the Institute faculty an opportunity to earn their certificates.

AWI will apply for accreditation of its certificate program. Once accreditation is granted, certificate holders will be able to place the initials AWI-CH, the acronym for Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder, after their names.

Over the past six months, members of the AWI Institute Committee, co-chaired by AWI past presidents Amy Oppenheimer and Michael Robbins, have volunteered hundreds of hours of work developing the tests and revising the curriculum, in consultation with Don Ford of Training Education Management and Eric Vincent of Vio Consulting.

Click here for more information about the AWI certificate program.  Click here for more information about the Training Institutes.

Last Updated on Sunday, January 29, 2017 08:05 PM

March 20, 2017 Webinar–Investigating Bullying and
Personal Harassment in the Respectful Workplace

A Presentation by the Canadian Association of Workplace Investigators
The first of a series of webinars addressing issues specific to Canadian investigators.

Free for AWI / CAWI / AAWI Members ♦ $50 for Non-Members
Register Now
Recertification credit is pending from HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute) and
SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management)

March 20, 2017

  •  9 am PST 
  • 10 am MST 
  • 11 am CST 
  • 12 pm EST



More and more these days complaints of bullying are coming up in the work environment across Canada. In most respectful workplace policies, bullying is the greyest area of the policy and the trickiest to investigate. Some Provincial legislation requires organizations to have a respectful workplace policy that deals with these issues, however, unlike Human Rights Commissions they do not offer an investigations process, leaving the onus on the employer. What is it and how does an investigator assess such complaints?

This webinar will:
• Define bullying under Canadian law;
• Distinguish the differences between bullying and human rights complaints;
• Discuss the challenges when assessing a complaint of bullying; and
• Look to other options of dealing with bullying.

Speakers: Pamela Clarke and Jackie Gruber

This is the first of a regular series of webinars presented by CAWI which will address issues specific to Canadian investigators.


 Pamela Clarke is a workplace human rights lawyer and investigator practicing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ms. Clarke has focused her career on employment and labour relations issues, both as a lawyer and senior human resources leader in prominent Canadian corporations.  She started working in the area of employment discrimination at the Canadian Human Rights Commission in the late 1980’s while attending the University of Ottawa Law School. Ms. Clarke has extensive experience in the development of respectful workplace policies, the design and delivery of workplace human rights education, the mediation of disputes and the investigation of complaints. She has trained thousands of individuals on the prevention of harassment and workplace violence as well as instructing HR professionals on the appropriate methods for investigation and response. Since launching her own investigation practice in 2005, she has investigated over 200 complaints, in a variety of private and public sector workplaces. Ms. Clarke is a member of the Law Society of Manitoba, the Canadian and Manitoba Bar Associations, the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba, the Association of Workplace Investigators and the Canadian Associations of Workplace Investigators. She is a graduate of the 2015 AWI Institute in Mystic, Connecticut and served on the faculty of the 2016 AWI Institute at Niagara on the Lake.



Jackie Gruber is the Human Rights and Conflict Management Officer at the University of Manitoba and is a Credentialed Mediator, Arbitrator and Conflict Management Coach.  Ms. Gruber works in the areas of the Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy and Procedures.  She is the Co-Chair of the U of M Steering Committee for The Accessibility of Manitobans Act and chairs various sub-committees with the goal of providing an inclusive campus for all. Ms. Gruber holds a degree in Philosophy and Conflict Resolution Studies from the University of Winnipeg and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. 




Last Updated on Friday, January 27, 2017 06:33 PM

Save the Dates for Upcoming Members-Only Events


March 9, 2017, 6:30 pm - Southern California AWI Reception


Public Interest Investigations
304 Broadway, Suite 596
Los Angeles,CA 90013

Southern California Members (and any other members who happen to be in the area) are invited to attend the Southern California AWI Reception at the offices of Public Interest Investigations in the historic and beautiful Bradbury Building in Downtown Los Angeles. It will be an evening of food and drinks, conversation and networking. Free for members. RSVP here.

April 6, 2017, 7:30 am - Conversations With...Genie Harrison

Western Justice Center Foundation
Maxwell House Dining Room
55 S. Grand Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105


The next in our Conversations With...series will be with Genie Harrison, highly respected Southern California employment lawyer. The topic of conversation? How trial attorneys use investigators' testimony and reports at trial. For more information and to RSVP.

Our Conversations With...series allows you the opportunity to engage with individuals who have tremendous knowledge and experience in a small, intimate setting.

Last Updated on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 04:57 PM

72 Students Registered for Eight Consecutive Sold-Out AWI Institute

72 students are registered for the week-long AWI Training Institute in Monterey California, February 20-24, 2017. This is the eight consecutive sold-out session of the Institute since it began in 2012.

This year for the first time the Institute includes an assessment-based certificate program. The assessment, which will take place on Friday morning of the Institute, consists of a multiple choice knowledge test, a written analysis and report writing test, and an oral interviewing test. Students who achieve a passing score on all three tests will receive their certificate. AWI plans to seek accreditation of its new certificate program after the Monterey Institute.

AWI has developed the assessment tests over the past six months with the assistance of its highly qualified consultants. In preparation for teaching at this year's Institutes, in January AWI Institute faculty members will themselves be taking the certificate assessment tests, and also undergoing training in the updated Institute curriculum which faculty members have been preparing with the guidance of AWI's consultants.

The Monterey Institute was originally planned for 60 students. Because of the unprecedented demand for the Monterey Institute following the announcement of the new certificate program, AWI was able to make arrangements to expand the Monterey Institute to 72 students.

Although the Monterey Institute is sold out and has a waiting list, space is still available in AWI's other Institutes this year in May in Baltimore, Maryland, and in September in Austin, Texas. Space is more limited at the Baltimore and Austin facilities, so those Institutes will be limited to 60 students each. Early registration is currently underway for the Baltimore and Austin Institutes. Save $200 by registering early.

Last Updated on Friday, January 06, 2017 11:44 PM
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