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Internal Investigations – Keeping It Legal

  • Thursday, December 04, 2014
  • 11:30 AM - 12:59 PM
  • CareerSource Gulf Coast - 625 Hwy 231 Panama City, FL 32405


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  • If you have an individual membership with HRMA you may sponsor a meeting with approval and a registration code
  • If you are NOT a current individual member of the HRMA you may sponsor a meeting with approval and a registration code

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Internal Investigations – Keeping It Legal

Every human resources professional, at some point in their career, will be called upon to conduct an internal investigation. An effective investigation can minimize future legal exposure and reduce costly claims against the company. In this session, attendees will learn how to conduct a thorough, impartial and prompt internal investigation. Through the use of a real-world complaint, attendees will have an opportunity to complete an accelerated mock investigation complete with all the twists and turns of an actual investigation. By the end of the presentation, the attendees will know how to:

  • establish an affirmative defense
  • create an investigation plan
  • avoid adverse employment actions
  • gather independent facts
  • make recommendations
  • prepare an investigation summary.

This program adds to the PHR/SPHR Body of Knowledge in the following areas: 

  • 48 Applicable federal, state and local laws affecting employment in union and nonunion environments, such as anti discrimination laws, sexual harassment, labor relations, and privacy
  • 52 Workplace behavior issues/practices
  • 65 Internal investigations, monitoring, and surveillance techniques
  • 71 Communication skills and strategies
  • 72 Organizational documentation requirements to meet federal and state requirements

Joyce Chastain, SPHR
President, HR Florida State Council

Joyce Chastain has many years of senior-level human resources experience in the private sector environment. As a human resources consultant, she specializes in talent development, employee relations, internal investigations, employment law compliance, and affirmative action plans. She is a frequent guest speaker for professional associations and academia covering a wide array of human resources topics.Ms. Chastain holds a Business Administration degree from Emmanuel College; was awarded Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation by the Human Resources Certification Institute and holds an Advanced Certificate in Internal Investigations.She has served on the board of the HR Florida State Council since 2007 and currently serves as President. Ms. Chastain has been named as one of the “Twenty-five Women You Should Know in Tallahassee” and was honored with the designation of the Florida Human Resources Professional of the Year. She has also been featured by the Florida Trend Magazine as a Trendsetter in Human Resource

C R E D I T / D E B I T  C A R D S  A C C E P T E D 
Human Resource Professionals and small business representatives meet monthly.  First we have lunch ($15.00 for members), ($25.00 for Non-Members) then we have presentations to the group. 


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