Firm Event

Internal Ethics Investigations for HR Professionals

February 7, 2018


Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
1600 Bausch & Lomb Place - 13th Floor
Rochester, New York 14604   


8:00 am - 8:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 10:15 am: Program

Explore a best-practice framework for conducting internal ethics investigations on which organizational policies, procedures, and work rules can be developed and anchored. This program, co-hosting with The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, will be designed to provide HR professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to: 

  • Communicate a best-practice process framework for conducting internal investigations, on which organizational policies, procedures and work rules can be developed and anchored.
  • Employ tactics to mitigate the risks of employment-related litigation.
  • Develop HR policies, process, procedures and work rules that will result in a more appreciative, engaged and productive workforce. 

Topics will include:

An Introduction to Internal Ethics Investigations:

  • Goals of an internal ethics investigation process 
  • Pros & cons of formal Investigations 
  • The role and competencies required of an investigator

Internal HR Ethics Investigation Process:

  • Determine if an investigation is required 
  • Plan for and define the objective of the investigation
  • Conduct interviews and gather data 
  • Analyze and validate data 
  • Summarize results; making a decision 
  • Determine corrective actions 

Mitigating Future Risk:

  • Utilize findings to educate and mitigate future risks
  • Investigation documentation
  • Evaluation of training programs, policies 


  • Final recommendations
  • Development plan for HR, Supervisor, Managers
  • Program follow-up discussion
  • Q&A, and closing 

This program has been submitted to the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute for review.


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