The Virtual Certificate in Conducting Lawful Workplace Investigations Seminar is conducted live in an instructor-led, virtual environment.  Attendees participate in two, two-hour virtual sessions for three consecutive days.  Each registered participant will have access to extensive materials and real-world case studies, online discussion boards with direct access to faculty members and recorded sessions for a full year after completion of the program.  This program features very highly-rated faculty member, Gavin S. Appleby.


A lawfully conducted investigation can potentially save millions of dollars in litigation costs and lost productivity.  In addition a proper investigation can nip workplace problems in the bud; keeping businesses operating smoothly—and out of the courtroom.

Oftentimes, the outcome of these cases turns on the quality of the investigation that has been conducted. Without the facts, decision-making is flawed and can expose the employer to significant liability. 

Over the course of three days, you will actively engage (through role playing) in detailed, “real time” investigations as the attorney-instructor guides you through the investigatory process, giving important pointers and recommendations throughout.  Participants will learn how to handle complaints legally by gaining actual experience in interviewing witnesses and evaluating evidence.  


Investigations Scenario Agenda
  • Sexual harassment
  • Complaints of discrimination
  • Safety concerns
  • Medical Issues
  • Circumstances where employee witnesses would prefer not to voluntarily participate


Fall Session

September 21-22, 2022 – 11 am EST – 1 pm EST (30 minute break) 1:30 pm EST – 5:30 pm EST




Full Program – 12 PDCs for SHRM and 12 general hours for HRCI

*This program can earn participants CLE credit.  Please call or email if would like more information.



Online (credit card or bill your employer)

Certificate in Conducting Lawful Workplace Investigations Seminar

Cost: $1,575

SHRM has pre-approved this seminar for Professional Development Credits (PDCs) toward SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠ Certifications.

IAML certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the minimum continuing legal education rules and regulations for many states.


This uniquely interactive and comprehensive program will provide participants with a foundation of legal and best practices knowledge and will give you the confidence, skills and techniques needed to properly conduct an effective investigation.

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn step-by-step guidelines for investigating any complaint
  • Be proactive and avoid the legal pitfalls of investigations
  • Know what steps to take to minimize your liability
  • Understand what sexual harassment is—and what it isn’t
  • Get a realistic view of the timing of investigations
  • Get beneficial advice on handling evidence
  • Keep your work force running smoothly during and after an investigation
  • Guard against retaliation and subsequent inappropriate misconduct

What You Will Learn

  • How to recognize workplace situations that require an investigation
  • How to develop an investigation plan
  • How to collect and record evidence
  • The rights of the parties involved in an investigation
  • How to identify and interview the plaintiff, witnesses and the respondent
  • How to assemble statements and write a thorough and defensible report
  • When and what information can, and should, be released to involved parties
  • How to make recommendations about next steps after the investigation is complete


Gavin S. Appleby advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters, from defending single-plaintiff and class action employment cases to offering advice on difficult employment issues and labor relations matters.

Gavin has significant knowledge of drug testing and sports anti-doping matters. He has tried cases in 20 different states and regularly appears before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor as well as many state agencies. A member of the professional tennis Anti-Doping Review Board and the Anti-Doping Review Board for international cricket, Gavin co-authored professional tennis’ anti-doping rules and successfully defended sports federations in international drug hearings. He has also published numerous articles on employment and labor law issues, ranging from union avoidance to dealing with problem employees.

Gavin is renowned as an exemplary employment law and diversity trainer.  He has developed legally-defensible diversity programs, created numerous interactive training programs and trained thousands of human resources professionals and operations managers across the country.

“I thought Gavin Appleby was an incredible instructor.  The program was engaging, dynamic and incredibly informative.  I’d give him more than two thumbs-up if I had more hands.”

Jennifer Dibble

Director, Employment Counsel, Edwards Lifesciences LLC

“Gavin Appleby is a great instructor.  He made the session fun and relevant to the real world.”

Karina Beltran

Human Resources Director, KB Home

“Gavin Appleby was a fantastic instructor.  He was able to keep everyone engaged and the seminar interactive.  I feel more confident in my investigation skills after this seminar.”

Nicole Wheeler

HR Generalist II, Cititrends

“I learned so much more from this seminar than I have ever learned in other seminars.”

Tasha Davis

Affirmative Action Officer, City of Racine


IAML is confident you are going to find this program to be highly beneficial and a fantastic use of your training budget.   If, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied, we will refund your tuition costs.

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