Internal Investigation Note-taking and Reports (CO240)
In recent years, internal investigation notes, documentation, summaries and reports have come under heightened scrutiny by outside agencies, lawyers in discrimination cases, and the courts.
Even if one conducts a thorough investigation, Human Resources and EEO professionals must ensure that all documentation is well written. This workshop builds on the skills learned in Cornell's complaint handling workshops* and focuses exclusively on the written product of an effective investigation.
- Methods for taking notes during investigatory interviews
- Developing documentation relating to the investigation
- Tips for note-taking, documentation and writing effective investigation summaries or reports
- A template for writing a report
- Addressing comparators
- Addressing credibility
- Writing the analysis in reports
- Using the EEO and employment laws and guidelines effectively
- Analyzing witness statements and evidence
- Writing sound conclusions
- Writing a fair, thorough, and neutral report
- Working effectively with counsel on writing reports
- Avoiding an advocacy language when preparing notes and reports
- Ethical issues
- Attorney-client privilege
Who Will Benefit
EEO, HR and other professionals responsible for conducting, documenting and preparing reports for internal investigations
Participants must first take Employee Internal Investigations: Part I and/or have relevant experience in EEO and Employment Law.
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Susan Brecher, Esq., Director of Employee Relations and Investigations at Cornell ILR’s Human Capital Develop and Executive Education programs, offers insight into how best to communicate the scope of confidentiality and the impact you can make on the employee.
Susan W. Brecher, Esq.
Susan W. Brecher, Esq., Director of Employee Relations, Legal, EEO and Diversity Programs in Human Capital Development at Cornell University, ILR. She currently manages learning services in Legal, Employee Relations, and EEO, including developing, designing and facilitating programs. In addition, Ms. Brecher partners with private, public, and non-profit organizations on customized training programs. During her tenure at Cornell, Ms. Brecher served as a Director of Statewide Management Programs as well as oversight of all aspects of the EEO, Labor Relations, Human Resources, Management Development and Online Learning programs. Ms. Brecher teaches in a graduate level Human Resources Program and advises, consults, coaches, handles all aspects of employment law, employee relations, internal investigations, dispute resolution issues and mediates, facilitates and conducts fact-findings. She worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, ABC and NBC and holds a B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Union College and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, where she was on the Law Review.
Tracey I. Levy, Esq.
Tracey I. Levy is the founder of Levy Employment Law, LLC. Offering clients the benefit of experienced employment law advice, combined with sophisticated human resources strategy and solutions, Tracey guides managers and in-house counsel through the full employee life- cycle, providing practical advice on workplace-related issues.
Immediately prior to forming Levy Employment Law, LLC, Tracey was an Employee Relations Specialist with UBS AG, with over 20,000 employees in the US. At UBS, Tracey was responsible for ensuring fairness and consistency in its approach to managing employees. Serving as the Americas HR policy lead, Tracey advised on policy interpretation and employment law obligations, led strategic planning and rollout of new HR policies and processes, and developed and delivered training to achieve adoption.
At UBS, Tracey regularly led workplace investigations in response to employee concerns and recommended solutions. Daily, she counseled HR and line managers regarding performance management, leave administration, workplace accommodations, and workplace disputes. Tracey also advised on individual selections and implementation of reductions-in-force and outsourcing/offshoring. Tracey created and led in-person and virtual classroom training for managers, employees and HR professionals on matters related to appropriate workplace conduct, compliance with US employment laws and effective performance management.
Complimenting her years of hands-on HR experience, Tracey is an experienced employment lawyer, having worked more than eleven years as an attorney in the Labor and Employment Law Department of Proskauer Rose LLP, one of the nation’s leading labor and employment law firms. During her tenure at Proskauer, Tracey defended employers in court and before administrative agencies regarding claims of unlawful harassment, discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour violations, breach of contract and tort. Tracey’s clients ranged from multi- national corporations to small private businesses, in various industries, including retail, academia, shipping, financial services, consulting, not-for-profits, health care, technology, and hospitality.
At Proskauer, Tracey also served as the department lead on HR policies and employee/manager training program development. She regularly counseled clients on various employment law matters such as policy and manual development, performance management, workplace investigations, contracts and reductions-in-force. Tracey also created, enhanced and led training programs for preventing harassment and discrimination, and developed content for on- line training programs offered by WeComply.
Tracey began her legal career as a senior court attorney with the New York State Court of Appeals where she reviewed motions for leave to appeal and sua sponte inquiries that covered the full scope of New York civil litigation. Tracey is a graduate of Yale Law School’s LLM program, where she focused her studies on employment and labor law. Tracey earned her JD summa cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University and a BA in Political Science magna cum laude from Union College.
Tracey is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the American Bar Association.