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    Effective Workplace Investigations-Planning for Success presented by Michelle Edmunds of Westaff

    Date: May 14, 2020, 11:45am – 1:00pm
    This will be a Webinar presented via zoom. Once the registration closes, the GVHRA Board will send additional information to those who registered on how to attend.
    $15 for GVHRA Members/$40 for Non-Members
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    GVHRA Hosted - Webinar
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    Generally, the GVHRA meetings are held according to the following schedule; however, please refer to the specific meeting flyer sent via email from the GVHRA President as dates/times/locations are subject to change.

    11:45 a.m.—Noon: Registration
    Noon– 1:00 p.m.: PRESENTATION

    BIO of Presenter

    Michelle Edmunds is a “feel good” HR guru who specializes in Montana employment law and best practices.   She utilizes this through HR consulting and providing staffing services to small and large businesses state wide.  Michelle is the President and Sr. HR Consultant for Westaff (  Michelle believes in win-win solutions and enjoys coaching and learning from her clients and team.  She is passionate about working hard and playing harder while providing strategic HR solutions to small business owners like herself.


    Michelle provides services such as employee handbook reviews and rewrites, day to day HR consulting, leadership and communication trainings, personnel investigations and temporary staffing, permanent staffing and executive recruitments.

    Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from a top-ranked business school, the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.  Michelle is certified as a “Senior Professional in Human Resources” by the Human Resource Certification Institute (SPHR).  She is also a Certified Senior Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP).

    Presentation Description: 

    As human resource professionals, we’re often called upon to conduct workplace investigations for our organizations, and the need for proper planning can’t be overstated.  Human resource professionals must resist the temptation to jump into the investigation head-first.  Instead, they must assess each situation on a case-by-case basis and take appropriate steps to ensure a timely, fair, and legally defensible investigation.  Failure to conduct an effective workplace investigation can cost organizations in lost time, energy, and resources.  During this 50-minute presentation, Michelle will discuss the following:


    ·       Determining whether a workplace investigation is needed/required

    ·       Selecting the investigator

    ·       Establishing the scope of the investigation

    ·       Planning and preparing for the investigation

    ·       Identifying and framing the allegations

    ·       Selecting witnesses and collecting evidence

    ·       Informing the accused of the allegations against him or her

    ·       Developing effective interview questions for witnesses and the accused

    ·       Assessing credibility of witnesses and the accused

    ·       Determining how much information to share with management, witnesses, and the accused

    ·       Protecting confidentiality and privacy

    ·       Determining the findings of the investigation

    ·       Drafting legally defensible investigative report

    To make a reservation, please click on the "Reservations" tab on the website, then search for the appropriate meeting date.  RSVPs help the GVHRA board and presenter to accommodate all attendees.