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Adapting Workplace Investigations in Challenging Times - Impact of COVID-19 on Workplace Investigations

Jodie Fox |  Sue Ann Van Dermyden |  Reuben A Mjaanes
1 Hour
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
May 12, 2021
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This webinar focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on workplace investigations.  Our panel of workplace investigators and in-house counsel will consider new practices that have been adopted by workplace investigators to assist the investigation process.  Which of these practices should remain post the pandemic and why?  Were there any practices that developed that should now be ditched? 

We will also consider how these adapted investigation practices were viewed by those who instruct workplace investigators. What was the experience of inhouse counsel with the investigation process during the pandemic?  Did these new practices align with our client’s expectations? Were there any difficulties and how were they overcome?  Our speakers will share and discuss investigation practices that were adapted or implemented during 2020 and consider whether any of these practices might continue as we emerge from the pandemic.




Jodie Fox's Profile

Jodie Fox



Jodie is a Director at Worklogic, a boutique consultancy assisting employers to mitigate the risk of conflict in the workplace. She specializes in Workplace Investigations across different contexts from Reportable Conduct to Public Interest Disclosure. Jodie has 10 years’ experience as an employment lawyer at a top-tier law firm.

Sue Ann Van Dermyden's Profile

Sue Ann Van Dermyden

Van Dermyden Makus Law Corporation

Sue Ann Van Dermyden, AWI-CH, is a founding and senior partner of Van Dermyden Makus Law Orporation (formerly Van Dermyden Maddux) She has been an employment attorney since 1993, with her practice now focusing on workplace and Title IX investigations. She leads an experienced team of attorneys and provides expert witness testimony on employment matters. Sue Ann is known as a national speaker, having regularly presented training seminars on investigations to thousands. She has also written extensively on employment matters. Sue Ann is a founding member and former Past President of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and the co-chair of the Workplace Investigations Subcommittee with the American Bar Association, Employee Rights & Responsibilities section. Through her experience as an investigator, author, lecturer, lawyer, and student of investigative technique, Sue Ann is familiar with the California standards for conducting independent workplace and Title IX campus investigations.


Office Phone: (916) 779-2402

Reuben A Mjaanes's Profile

Reuben A Mjaanes

Sr Legal Director - Employment Law


Reuben Mjaanes, AWI-CH, is a Senior Legal Director at Medtronic, Inc., where he has served as in-house counsel in Medtronic's Employment Law Group since 2006. In his role at Medtronic, Reuben provides advice and counsel to Human Resources (HR), Employee Relations (ER) and Managers on a wide range of employment related issues. He also conducts training for HR, ER and Medtronic managers and employees on employment related topics, respect in the workplace, performance management and investigations. Reuben coordinates Medtronic's Employment Law Group's workplace investigation process and team. Prior to joining Medtronic, Reuben was a partner at the Minneapolis, MN law firm of Lindquist & Vennum where he worked in the Employment Law area (handling litigation and advice and counseling). While at Lindquist & Vennum, Reuben was named a Minnesota Lawyer Rising Star. Reuben is a current AWI Board Member and has served as part and full-time faculty at AWI Institutes since 2017. Reuben is a Madison, WI native and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Reuben taught for three years before attending law school.