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Philly SHRM Professional Development Event

Most organizations today strive to promote mutual respect, teamwork and cooperation in the workplace; while delivering on their business objectives. At times, however, inappropriate conduct may occur and organizations must respond. Workplace investigations are one way companies ensure applicable legal requirements are fulfilled and the high standards of business ethics are maintained. For a workplace investigation, interviews are crucial to a fair outcome. Done correctly, they can uncover essential information. Join us and take advantage of the powerful fact-finding value implicit in a well-conducted interview.

This interactive session from former US Department of Justice attorney Michael Johnson challenges common beliefs about how to interview witnesses and spot deception in sexual harassment and other workplace investigations. You will learn:

• How to strategically approach “he said/she said” cases or cases where there are no eyewitnesses
• Which cues to deception have been scientifically validated and which are based on myth
• How to use the “Cognitive Interview” to gather all relevant information from each witness


Michael Johnson is CEO of Clear Law Institute. As a former attorney in the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Johnson investigated and litigated cases against employers around the country. Mr. Johnson has provided training on scientifically validated methods for investigating alleged misconduct and determining signs of truthfulness and deception for organizations around the world, such as Google, the United Nations, and the EEOC. His investigations training has been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker magazine. He is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.

About Philly SHRM Professional Development Events: Our newly formatted in-person professional development events are interactive workshops which will teach you tangible skills that you can apply as soon as you return to the office. You will be able to take a deep dive into the subject matter and learn through case-studies, demonstrations, role-playing and deep discussion during these ½ day sessions.