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GMVHRA - 2015-10-14 - "Workplace Investigations: 10 Common Mistakes"

  • 14 Oct 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • NECC Riverwalk - 360 Merrimack St., Bldg 9, Lawrence, MA - ENTRANCE: K - 3rd Floor


Wednesday, October 14, 2015:


Pre-approved for 1.25 general HRCI & SHRM re-certification credits.

"Workplace Investigations:  10 Common Mistakes"


Employers have a legal duty to conduct workplace investigations into certain allegations of misconduct.  Shoddy investigations can create legal liability for the employer and do more harm than good.  It is important for employers to understand when and how to conduct an investigation.    Issues to be covered include the following:


  • What are the best practices on how to investigate complaints? 
  • When has the duty to investigate been triggered? 
  • What type of plan and strategy are necessary? 
  • Who should act as investigator? 
  • What are the standards on promptness and thoroughness? 
  • What happens if the complaining party or person accused has left the organization? 
  • How should an investigator handle credibility determinations? 


Learn about these and other critical issues to conduct effective and reasonable internal investigations.


Our Speaker: Julie A. Moore, Esquire, SPHR, SHRM-SCP &

                       Marcie Vaughan


Julie is president and founder of Employment Practices Group in Wellesley, MA.  She founded Employment Practices Group in 1998 to work with organizations on best practices of human resource management, consistent with the law and industry standards.  Julie has been practicing law for 23 years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  She consults and advises on employment law and human resources issues; is retained as an independent investigator for alleged harassment and misconduct; drafts policies, procedures and handbooks; and represents employees and employers in workplace matters.  She is frequently retained to offer expert witness testimony on employment issues.  She conducts in-house seminars for employers and speaks at employment seminars offered by the New Hampshire Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Association of Workplace Investigators, and other organizations.  She has authored many publications in legal and trade journals.  She earned her B.A. from Boston College in 1988 and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1992.  Julie is a member of the American Bar, the New Hampshire Bar and the Massachusetts Bar.  She is a past chair and current member of the NHBA’s Labor & Employment Law Section.  Julie is a board member and conference chair for the Association of Workplace Investigators, board member and program chair for the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resources Association, and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.  She also is a certified senior professional in human resources. Julie was nominated by her peers and is inducted as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Attorneys. She was also appointed by the Town of Wellesley to a 3-year term to the Human Resources Board, overseeing a staff of five employees.

Marcie Vaughan


Marcie was admitted to practice law in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in 2006. Marcie is certified to conduct independent workplace investigations through the Association of Workplace Investigators.  She has been involved in corporate and municipal investigations and, in the education context, Title IX investigations.  In addition, Marcie advises corporations, municipalities and individuals on a broad spectrum of issues including employee discipline, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, policy development and handbook implementation.  She is an experienced litigator, representing clients in employment discrimination and wage and hours matters before administrative and judicial tribunals.  Marcie negotiates employment agreements, severance agreements, non-competition and proprietary information agreements.  As a seasoned appellate advocate and former judicial law clerk, Marcie understands how to persuasively articulate her clients’ positions.  She is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, as well as member and former board member of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association.  She is a panel member for the Committee for Public Counsel Services’ post-conviction and Innocence Program panels.

Marcie is a graduate of Bates College (BA, 1996), Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management (MS, 2002) and Suffolk University Law School (JD, 2006).  She is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Our Sponsor:  Interested in sponsoring, contact Julie Moore at



8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Sponsor
9:10 AM - 10:30 AM Program

Location: NECC Riverwalk - 360 Merrimack St., Bldg 9, Lawrence, MA - ENTRANCE: K - 3rd Floor


For more information:Contact: Lisa Lemieux
Phone: 978-204-3207


183 Rockingham Rd., Ste 2 East

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Windham, NH 03087



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