2 hrs Conducting harassment and bullying investigations

On 22-Mar, 2022 at 01:00 PM EDT | 10:00 AM PDT | 12:00 PM CDT Duration 120 Minutes Credits HRCI 2 & SHRM 2 PDCs

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Speaker: Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant.


The investigation is essential in determining the validity of a complaint of protected class harassment and bullying. Conducting a fair and impartial investigation diminishes liability and can decrease further misconduct by preventing it from becoming pervasive.The investigation may serve to minimize damages paid to the complainant. The institution demonstrates its commitment to the prevention and intervention of the misconduct resulting in less harassment, discrimination and bullying.By conducting its own investigation, the employer may avoid an investigation by another agency such as the EEOC. An investigation is required to help ensure a safe and healthy organizational climate.

Anyone who conducts an investigation must be trained in how to do so.Merely having the experience of conducting investigations without having been taught the art and science of the process is not enough. When your organization ensures it is investigator is trained in how to conduct investigations, it demonstrates its commitment to prevention of harassment to the Court or outside agency.

Areas Covered

  1. To determine if an investigation is necessary
  2. To discuss the steps of an investigation
  3. To explore the intricacies of interviewing the accuser, accused and witnesses
  4. To discuss virtual investigations
  5. To differentiate between a formal and informal investigative procedure
  6. To determine credibility of all interviewees
  7. To draw conclusions following an investigation
  8. To list necessary elements in writing the formal report outlining the investigation

Who Will Benefit

Human Resources professionals from all businesses and industries

This activity has been approved for 2 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Please make note of the activity ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org

This program is valid for 2 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®

Your Instructor

Dr. Susan Strauss
Dr. Susan Strauss

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse and her undergraduate degree is in psychology and human services. Her specialty areas include discrimination, harassment, and bullying; management/leadership development, and organization development. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and works as an expert witness for discrimination lawsuits.

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