Back by popular demand! The Employee Relations Interest Group will host a session focused on workplace investigations based upon the success of last year’s event. Whether or not you attended last year’s event, our panel of experts will provide you with tips for conducting effective investigations and actionable ideas to practice in your organization. When conducting investigations, HR professionals must balance competing interests and navigate evolving law. In this session, our panelists will provide participants with the latest developments and best practices in this complex area.
Eugene A. Boyle, Partner, Neal Gerber Eisenberg
Gene has extensive experience counseling and defending companies nationally in all facets of labor and employment law. He regularly advises employers of all sizes and across multiple industries regarding the impact that employment laws and regulations have on particular business decisions or objectives, and helps devise strategies to achieve positive outcomes.
Gene also has significant traditional labor law and labor relations experience. Gene also focuses on dispute resolution and has litigated employment claims all across the country. He has successfully defended employers in single-plaintiff and multi-plaintiff cases involving employment discrimination claims, FMLA claims, wage and hour claims, retaliatory discharge and numerous other employment-related claims. He has also handled numerous labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice and representation cases before the NLRB and injunction proceedings in state and federal courts.
Ron Braver, Managing Director, Red Flag- Chicago and Ron Braver and Associates, LLC
Red Flag – Chicago provides waste, fraud and abuse hotline call center services. Ron Braver and Associates, LLC provides forensic accounting, investigation and dispute services.
Ron has over 25 years of Federal law enforcement experience as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent IRS - Criminal Investigation. He also has several years of private sector experience in providing forensic accounting, investigative, and dispute services. Ron is a licensed private detective and holds licenses as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist.
In his current role, Ron assists clients to ensure internal compliance programs are sufficient and enhanced to promote a system that will enable the detection and prevention of fraud and assist in avoiding or mitigating any potential criminal or civil penalties/fines.
Chenessa Robertson, Regional HR Director, Tribune Broadcasting Company
Chenessa is an experienced HR professional with experience in a range of HR disciplines. Chenessa has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Chenessa has over 20 years of experience with Tribune companies and currently serves as a senior member of the HR team. In this role, she manages the employee relations and labor relations functions for a region of 1500 employees.
Aaron Gelb, Shareholder at Vedder Price
Aaron has represented large and small companies in all manner of employment disputes throughout the United States for over 19 years. While he has extensive jury trial experience, having tried race, sex, and military status discrimination as well as FMLA retaliation claims, to verdict, Aaron understands that every employer defines “winning” differently and tailors his litigation strategy to best achieve his client’s goals. Aaron has also handled a number of EEO public hearings before the Illinois Human Rights Commission and various arbitrators.
Aaron counsels clients on employee discipline and discharge decisions, accommodation requests, internal investigations, the use of independent contractors, and general compliance with wage and hour laws. He also leads his firm’s OSHA practice, helping clients respond to serious accidents, OSHA inspections and citations, Aaron, by virtue of the time he spent time as in-house employment counsel for a client, grasps the importance of providing practical, real world advice and counsel.
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