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AWI Virtual Workplace Investigation Basics – Public Sector Supplement

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POBR/FOBR |  Public Sector |  Beginner |  Internal Investigators |  Interviewing |  Report Writing
Angel Ho |  Erich Knorr |  Barbara Rohrer
2 hours
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Seminar Description:

AWI is excited to offer a supplementary seminar for its popular virtual Workplace Investigation Basics series. This 2-hour California public employer virtual supplement will provide a more detailed look at specific procedural and substantive issues not present in other types of investigations, such as the application of the employer’s policies, notices and admonishments, and employee representation. 

Notes: (1) Although not required, attendance at the Workplace Investigation Basics series is a highly suggested prerequisite for this supplement. If you have not completed the Basics, AWI will be offering additional installments in June, August-September, and November. Keep an eye on our event calendar for details. (2) This supplement does not contain a detailed discussion of issues pertaining to POBR/FOBR. For webinars diving into this topic, check out the AWI Learning Center. 3) This program will not be available on-demand, so registrants must attend live. 

Learning Objectives: 

Through attending this Seminar, participants will understand and be able to perform the following tasks relevant to public sector investigations: 

  1. Identify public sector issues
  2. Give the proper notifications and admonishments
  3. Conduct defensible interviews and follow-up interviews without violating state laws
  4. Arrive at a legally defensible decision
  5. Issue a report to meet the agency’s needs, including evaluating and incorporating documentation gathered during the investigative process.   


Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your supplement registration and do so before Friday, June 21, your seminar registration fee will be refunded, minus a $50 USD processing fee. To cancel your registration, email There will be no refunds for cancellations received after Friday, June 21.



HRCI Credits

HR (General) Credits: 2.0



SHRM PDCs: 2.0


California MCLEs: 2.0


Angel Ho's Profile

Angel Ho

Law Offices of Angel Ho

Angel Ho has extensive experience investigating EEO and a myriad of other workplace investigation claims. After spending several years as an employment litigator with Jones Day and Ogletree Deakins, she transitioned into a career in public sector human resources at the Cities of Pasadena and Anaheim. There, she conducted numerous investigations while training and supervising other investigators and managing the Cities’ investigations programs. She left her public service career in 2020 and became an external, third-party investigator specializing in public sector workplace investigations, and in particular, investigations conducted under FOBR/PBOR.  Ms. Ho graduated from New York University School of Law in 2007.

Erich Knorr's Profile

Erich Knorr


Van Dermyden Makus Law Corporation

Erich Knorr is a Partner at Van Dermyden Makus Law Corporation and leads the Tempe, Arizona office. He is licensed to practice law in Arizona and California. Erich is an experienced investigator who has conducted complex investigations in many different industries in the public and private sectors. In the public sector, he regularly conducts investigations for public safety departments and is well versed in the Public Safety Officers’ Procedural Bill of Rights Act and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act. In the private sector, Erich has investigated claims for organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He has handled numerous high-profile investigations involving top executives and elected government officials.  He also has experience testifying in support of his investigations. Erich develops and conducts trainings on best practices in workplace investigations.   

Barbara Rohrer's Profile

Barbara Rohrer

California Dairies, Inc.


Barbara Rohrer, AWI-CH began her legal career more than 20 years ago in Michigan, specializing in labor and employment law. She has vast experience advising employers, conducting investigations, and litigating on behalf of both employers and employees. In 2014, Ms. Rohrer accepted the position of Human Resources Director aboard the MAGTFTC/MCAGCC Marine Corps Base located in Twenty-Nine Palms, California. She led and directed the Human Resources department for the NAF Civilian employees supporting base operations and served as a Director on the Marine Corps Community Services Board. She became licensed to practice law in California in 2018. Currently, she serves as SRVP and General Counsel for California Dairies, Inc. She is experienced in both external and internal investigations, and in providing investigation oversight and guidance.