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Philadelphia SHRM Webinar

Topic: Just the Facts: Conducting Workplace Investigations

Description: Conducting workplace investigations is a necessary, but challenging, process.  Employers perform investigations for a number of reasons, including to ensure that employees and others experience a respectful, safe, and legal workplace.   This webinar, which will be conducted by Celia M. Joseph, Of Counsel in Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Philadelphia Office, and Jodi Dickinson, Vice President, Human Resources at Nobel Learning Communities Inc. will provide information on the practical and legal challenges of conducting workplace investigations.

Among the topics Celia and Jodi will discuss will be:  options for general steps in conducting investigations general steps for employers to take when conducting investigations; documentation, including investigator’s notes, employer’s reports and communications to individuals, such as the complainant and others; case law from both the courts and governmental entities, including the National Labor Relations Board; and hypothetical scenarios that will help provide lively and informative explanations and suggested best practices.

This webinar will be of interest to Human Resources and other professionals who are interested in, or who conduct, workplace investigations.


  • Celia M. Joseph – Employment Attorney, Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Philadelphia Office
  • Jodi Dickinson – Vice President, Human Resources at Nobel Learning Communities Inc.

Celia Joseph is an employment attorney in the Philadelphia Office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. She is a member of the Firm’s International Employment and Affirmative Action Practice Groups. Celia has extensive U.S. and international employment law experience, including: conducting and managing workplace investigations; harassment and discrimination prevention; employment contracts, training; policies; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; litigation; and reductions in force. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Celia was employed as Assistant General Counsel, and Employment Law and EEO/Diversity Manager at Rohm and Haas Company. Celia frequently lectures on employment law and affirmative action matters for her clients and other organizations, including the OFCCP, the EEOC, ACC, SHRM and ABA, and has authored articles for many U. S. and international publications. She has conducted global harassment prevention, affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, employment law and diversity training, investigations, restructures and many other aspects of employment law in numerous countries and international regions. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Philadelphia SHRM and the Philadelphia (Liberty) Industry Liaison Group, the President and member of the Board of Directors of the International Employers Forum, and is on the faculty and Planning Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Annual Employment Law Institute. Celia also has a mediation certificate and is a pro bono mediator in the EEOC’s Philadelphia Office.

Jodi Dickinson has worked in the field of Human Resources for nearly 20 years as an internationally experienced executive with a proven track record in multiple industries. Jodi is currently the Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Nobel Learning Communities, Inc.  Previously, Jodi was the Associate Vice President of Human Resources for ARAMARK Global Business Services and worked multiple escalading leadership roles in ARAMARK; first as the Associate Vice President for the Education business then as the Associate Vice President for the Sports and Entertainment business. Prior to joining ARAMARK, she served as Global Vice President of Human Resources for Laureate Education in Baltimore, Maryland.  Prior to Laureate, Jodi was the Global Senior HR Director Arkema Inc. in Philadelphia as the HR business Partner and was the HR Executive who was responsible to lead Compensation for the organization. Prior to Arkema Inc, Ms. Dickinson was in escalating human resources leadership positions in global business partnership and specialist capacities at Campbell Soup Company, SIEMENS, and United Staffing Services.

Ms. Dickinson is also currently an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University for the Graduate Human Resource Development program. She currently an active member of the Women’s Food Forum, World at Work, and a National member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She is currently a Board Member for Philadelphia Society for Human Resource Management and previously served on the Board of Directors with CityLit Project in Baltimore, Maryland from 2009-2013.