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NLRB’s Division of Advice Spells Out Lawful Investigations Rule
Since Banner Health, employers have struggled to find wording for their investigations rules that passes legal muster while conveying the clear message that confidentiality is a possibility. Fortunately, the NLRB’s Division of Advice has provided some new guidance that helps clarify the situation.
EEOC Highlights
Federal court tosses EEOC suit over background checks
A federal judge had harsh words for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission while dismissing the agency’s suit against an employer for its policy of conducting background checks.
Articles / Publications
“Legitimate Reasons for Firing: Must They Honestly be Reasonable?”
This article discusses the split among the circuits regarding the standard and application of the "Honest Belief" defense. Should an employer's belief in its nondiscriminatory reason for its employment decisions merely be honestly held or must it also be objectively reasonable?
Articles / Publications
The Honest Belief Rule - Is Summary Judgment Ever Appropriate?
"Empirical research confirms that motions for summary judgment are more likely to be sought and granted against plaintiffs in employment cases than in other types of cases. This practice has contributed to a striking disparity in win rates between plaintiffs in employment cases and plaintiffs in other types of cases." Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the application of the "Honest (Even if Mistaken) Belief Defense. "[C]ourts in every circuit have a long history of applying this "doctrine" in granting summary judgment against employees." Under this defense, judges have embraced "false, trivial and baseless rationales for an employer's actions" as long as those beliefs were sincerely held." Matthew C. Koski, Preserving the Right to a Jury Trial by Preventing Adverse Credibility Inferences at Summary Judgment, published by The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (2012).
Announcements
Seabold Group is Sponsoring an Exhibit at the Association of Washington Cities’ Annual Conference
AWC is holding their annual conference in Vancouver, WA on June 19-22, 2012. On June 20-21, Seabold Group will be hosting Booth 33, conveniently located between the food and beverage stations. If you plan to attend the event, please stop by for our latest swag and to get your passport stamped! We are donating a Kindle Fire to the event's raffle drawing. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
In the News
Port Hires Seabold Group for E-mail Investigation
Seabold Group to conduct further investigation of Port police issue.
Announcements
New Team Member - New Address
Seabold Group Says Goodbye to Anna Rendes and Welcomes Our Newest Team Member, Mary Klein. We also relocated our offices in December 2011 and are now located near Fisherman's Terminal.
Articles / Publications
FBI Releases Its Financial Crimes Report – Priorities Reflect Trends in the U.S. Economy
In February 2012, the FBI released its Financial Crimes Report. The report covers the period October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2011, and reflects that the FBI’s enforcement priorities have in large part paralleled economic trends since 2007.
Announcements
Seabold Group’s Martha Norberg Adds Certified Fraud Examiner to Her Credentials
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and leading provider of anti-fraud training and education, is pleased to award Martha Norberg the globally preferred Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. Ms Norberg is a former IRS Special Agent, CPA and founder and principal of Seabold Group, a professional investigation consulting firm located in Seattle, Washington.
Announcements
Seabold Group’s Susan Coskey Departing for Bright Spring Consulting
After 8 years, Seabold Group says goodbye to our friend and colleague Susan Coskey. Effective November 1, 2011, Susan has joined Bright Spring Consulting, a management consulting firm located in Seattle. Susan will continue to focus her practice on organizational consulting and workplace investigations. Seabold Group, as always, will remain a premier full-service investigation consulting firm, specializing in workplace and litigation-related investigations and forensic accounting.
In the News
Seabold Group’s Report Clears Lynnwood Mayor
Former director Emily Yim’s accusations against Mayor Don Gough were not substantiated...
Announcements
Interviewing Difficult Witnesses
On December 9, 2010, Seabold Group's Kris Cappel, Susan Coskey and Martha Norberg spoke at the CLE "Investigating Workplace Complaints: Beyond 101", sponsored by the King County Bar Association. They presented on the topic of dealing with difficult witnesses and assessing credibility.
Announcements
Effective Interviewing Techniques Without the Hot Lights!
On November 17, 2010, Martha Norberg will speak at the upcoming CLE "Lawyer as Detective", sponsored by the King County Bar Association, to discuss how to promote a witness' cooperation without subpoena power.
In the News
Lynnwood Mayor’s Actions May have Pressured Witnesses, investigation Says
The city releases the report that led the City Council to curtail Mayor Don Gough's powers.
In the News
Seabold Group Completes Its Investigation of Lynnwood Mayor
Evidence that Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough sexually harassed and discriminated against his former executive assistant was inconclusive, however...