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2016 AWI Annual Conference Call for Proposals
Planning for the 2016 AWI Annual Conference is well under way! This year the annual conference will be held on November 3-5 at the Sofitel Hotel San Francisco Bay.
In order to have a successful conference, we need great presenters! We have opened our call for speakers, and invite you to apply. This year's conference theme is "Innovations in Investigations." AWI is committed to bringing workplace investigators from around the world together to exchange information and ideas. We welcome presentations that are tailored to the internal/HR investigator, as well as the external lawyer and PI investigator audience.
We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco! Please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-209-5278 with questions.
Last Updated on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 12:05 PM
AWI & CAWI Complete First International Institute
The Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and the Canadian Association of Workplace Investigators (CAWI) completed their first joint International Training Institute for Workplace Investigators on May 6, 2016 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.
Fifty-six students and fourteen faculty members participated. The students were from across the US and Canada, and from Australia, India, Ivory Coast, and New Zealand. Twenty-four students were human resources professionals, eighteen were lawyers, and fourteen were from other professional disciplines. Seven faculty members were from Canada and seven were from the US.
The Institute runs for four and one-half days. The curriculum includes the AWI/CAWI Guiding Principles for Conducting Impartial Workplace Investigations, Bias, Investigations and the Law, Planning the Investigation, Credibility, Report Writing, Ethics, Non-Human Rights Harassment, Internal Investigations, Protective Investigations, Representatives, Evidence, and Litigation. It also includes a full-day Mock Investigation and Report, and individual student-faculty meetings to review the report.
In 2017 the Institute sessions will be in Monterey, California, in February, Baltimore, Maryland, in May, and Austin, Texas in September. Each Institute session is limited to sixty students. Subscribe to the AWI Weekly for registration updates.
Last Updated on Monday, May 09, 2016 09:44 AM
New AWI Journal Published
By Susan Woolley, AWI Journal Editor
Greetings AWI Friends and Colleagues,
I’m very pleased to introduce another edition of the AWI Journal. And I’m especially happy to be working with Sue Ann Van Dermyden, our new president. Sue Ann’s experience, brains, and vision will take AWI a long way, and I’m glad to be part of the adventure. Plus, I know with Sue Ann in charge, there will be plenty of “fun to be done!”
We have something new and exciting in this edition of the Journal—original research by AWI members. Samantha Blake, Allison Underwood, and Cathy Balin worked long and hard to gather information about members’ experiences conducting investigations and the effect of their experiences on their practices. Samantha, Allison, and Cathy have analyzed a great deal of information, and their findings will likely affect the practices of many investigators, as those of you who heard the team speak at the last AWI conference can attest. This article showcases the many great things about AWI, not the least of which is the amount of creativity and curiosity among our members/authors. We are so very lucky to be able to learn from such a talented group.
Speaking of creative and curious, Jay Sherman has reached beyond the bounds of the workplace to provide valuable insights into conducting interviews. Jay has reviewed two seminal works on police interviewing and draws lessons that might surprise you. In addition, Jay’s article suggests concrete and practical approaches to establishing rapport with witnesses. I, for one, really appreciate pointers on how theory should look in practice.
We are delighted to have two new (to us) authors, Ronald C. Minkoff and Andrew Jacobs, who team up with AWI’s own Lindsay Harris to present an analysis of New York rules governing attorneys conducting investigations. As many of you know, the question of who can perform workplace investigations is a complicated one that varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. This article, which was originally published in the New York Legal Ethics Reporter, dives deep into the legal issues in New York. I trust it will encourage lively discussion as we learn about how different jurisdictions govern the growing field of workplace investigations.
Last but absolutely never least, Sue Ann Van Dermyden has provided sound guidance for investigators conducting “C-suite” investigations. C-suite refers to upper management, generally those executives with “chief” in their titles. These investigations present their own set of challenges, which in turn make neutrality even more critical. Sue Ann presents examples of this need at every stage in the investigation. Her suggestions are invaluable, not only for C-suite investigations, but for all of the work we do.
As always, thanks to one and all who work so hard to put this publication together. Special thanks to the AWI Board of Directors, who continue to value and support the Journal.
Did you know your membership in AWI gives you access to an extensive range of practice resources and forms? These resources are valuable both to the new and experienced workplace investigator. Our practice forms include documents like: Engagement letters, retainer agreements, witness agreements, post investigation reports, admonitions forms, and more! These resources could be useful to you in your next investigation, and we want to make sure you're taking advantage of them. There are documents for the investigator, clients, complainants, respondents, interviewees, defendants, and plaintiffs. Take a look at the full list on our website to see how these could help you in your practice as a workplace investigator.
Looking to do some research? Our Workplace Investigation Bibliography includes cases, regulations, periodicals, and other sources to give you some history into previous workplace investigations. Our goal is to supplement this bibliography with additional information and authorities on an ongoing basis. If there are cases, articles, statutes, or other information that you would like us to consider including in this bibliography, please email us at email@example.com.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, April 06, 2016 08:50 AM
Sixty eight workplace investigators completed the AWI Institute in Santa Barbara, California last week.
The student participants came from twelve U.S. states, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. They were trained by eighteen faculty members, including nine full-time AWI faculty, seven part-time AWI faculty, and two guest speakers.
The guest speakers were clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. Manny Tau from Redondo Beach, California, who gave an eye-opening presentation on targeted violence and threat assessments, and legendary plaintiffs’ attorney Dan Stormer from Los Angeles, California, who conducted a mock cross-examination of an investigator and lectured on why plaintiffs’ attorneys love sub-standard workplace investigations.
The AWI Institute curriculum includes modules on bias, the law, investigation planning, credibility, interviewing, report writing, ethics, public sector and internal investigations, representatives, evidence, and litigation. The centerpiece of the Institute is a full-day small-group mock investigation followed by a mock report-writing exercise and an individual meeting with a faculty member to evaluate the mock report.
This was AWI’s sixth Institute. Previous Institutes have been held in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, and Sonoma County, California, and Mystic, Connecticut. Upcoming Institutes are scheduled in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada, in May 2016, Monterey, California in February 2017, Baltimore, Maryland in May 2017, and Santa Barbara, California in February 2018. Plans are currently underway for AWI Institutes in 2019 and 2020.
Students who complete the AWI Training Institute receive a certificate of completion. Over 350 workplace investigators have completed the AWI Institutes.
AWI currently has approximately 700 members in thirty two U.S. states, Canada, Australia, and a few other countries. AWI’s mission is to promote and enhance the quality of impartial workplace investigations. Further information about upcoming AWI Institutes is on AWI’s website.
Last Updated on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 01:22 PM