i-Sight Webinar to Clarify NLRB Ruling on Confidentiality in Investigations

October 11, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
October 11, 2012 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada On July 30th, the NLRB ruled that employers must be able to prove that asking employees to keep an investigation confidential is necessary to further a legitimate business need. The ruling has left many investigators scratching their heads, as requesting confidentiality during an investigation has been a common practice for many years.

To help investigators and employers develop a better understanding of what they need to do to make the case for confidentiality in an investigation, i-Sight is hosting a free webinar on Thursday October 18th at 2pm EST. The webinar will be led by employment attorney Allison West, Esq., SPHR, investigator, trainer and founder of Employment Practices Specialists.

"Confidentiality requests are really part of what investigators consider standard practices when conducting a good faith investigation," says West. "As an attorney, investigator and someone who trains others on how to conduct investigations, I consider confidentiality one of the most important parts of the investigation," she adds.

During the webinar, West will explore:

  • Who should decide whether or not confidentiality is necessary for a particular investigation.
  • Documenting the case for requesting confidentiality and what to do with the documentation.
  • Whether or not it's possible or practical to enforce a confidentiality instruction.
  • What to do if employees disobey a confidentiality instruction.
  • What can happen if an employer doesn't comply with the NLRA?

  • "It's important to us to provide our audience with up-to-date information on the issues affecting workplace investigations," says Joe Gerard, VP of Sales and Marketing at i-Sight. "The NLRB ruling on confidentiality in investigations has triggered a lot of controversy and confusion, so we are looking forward to having Allison on board for this webinar to help clarify the issues and provide some much-needed direction."

    To register for the webinar, please visit: http://i-sight.com/webinar-the-nlrb-confidentiality-ruling-affects-your-next-investigation/

    About Allison West, Esq., SPHR

    Employment attorney Allison West has a simple approach to employment practices: be proactive. In 2000, after practicing law at a San Francisco labor and employment boutique, Allison West, SPHR started Employment Practices Specialists where she uses her employment law background, coupled with sound knowledge of human resource practices, to help employers create a safe, respectful and productive work environment. Allison specializes in conducting workplace investigations for employers of all sizes and industries on a variety of topics including harassment, discrimination, theft, violence, disability, whistleblowing and other issues. Allison also delivers interactive investigation training programs that include mock investigations and are filled with practical tips and tools for beginning to experienced investigators. Her expertise also includes delivering one-on-one sensitivity training to executives and managers concerning harassment, discrimination, and disciplinary and/or behavioral issues and other HR consulting. Additionally, Allison is a frequent, top-rated speaker on employment law topics at national and local HR and industry conferences.

    About i-Sight

    Based in Ottawa, Canada, i-Sight (www.i-sight.com) is a leading provider of web-based investigative case management software. For organizations wrestling with the increasing cost, complexity, risk and volume of internal investigations, i-Sight can improve the efficiency of existing resources through adaptive case management. About 60 per cent of a typical investigator's time is spent on non-investigative activities such as administration, meetings and report preparation. i-Sight can free your investigators from secretarial work , allowing them to spend more time investigating. An optimized investigative process built on the i-Sight case management platform gives you the freedom to focus on investigations and identifying trends to reduce future risk. i-Sight customers typically eliminate 25-50 per cent of an investigator's administrative burden and deliver more polished and consistent investigative reports in minutes instead of days or weeks.

    For information and breaking news related to corporate investigations, visit the company blog at http://i-sight.com.

    For further information, please contact:

    Joe Gerard, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing
    800-465-6089 or media@customerexpressions.com