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Workplace Investigations: An Employment Law Legal Update for 2023

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External Investigators |  Ethics |  Interviewing |  Advanced |  Beginner |  Internal Investigators |  Public Sector
Shelline K. Bennett |  Carson Sprott
60 minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Jan 11, 2023
Never expires.


Session Overview: 

The Legal Update will address the past year’s key employment decisions and legislation and their impact on workplace misconduct investigations. We will review significant cases that enable participants to identify and understand how to best apply new laws and legal principles in their professional work.

Learning Objectives: 

Through participating in this webinar, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the following:

1. Cases/litigation impacting workplace investigations
2. Legally sufficient/compliant investigations
3. Impartial investigations



SHRM PDCs: 1.0


California MCLEs: 1.0



Shelline K. Bennett's Profile

Shelline K. Bennett

Managing Partner, Fresno Office

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Shelline Bennett is the Managing Partner of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Fresno Office and has represented public agencies, including water agencies, for over 20 years. Her practice includes regularly advising and presenting before governing bodies, including City Counsel, Boards of Supervisors, Trustees, and Commissioners in open and closed session meetings throughout the Central Valley.

Shelline also has an extensive litigation background in both federal and state courts and represents clients in disciplinary appeals, administrative hearings, arbitrations, mediations, investigations, and labor relations and negotiations, including serving as lead negotiator at bargaining tables.  She advises and counsels clients in a wide range of the law, including governance issues, including the Brown Act, Public Records Act, and conflict of interest statutes; risk analysis and avoidance; analyzing legislation; and labor and employment matters.

Shelline was recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in the years 2004, 2006 and 2008-2015.  She was also chosen as one of the Fresno Magazine's "Employment and Labor Super Lawyers," and named one of the "Top Women Attorneys in Northern California" by San Francisco Magazine. She has served as the Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer for the Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association.

Carson Sprott's Profile

Carson Sprott

Principal Investigator


Carson Sprott is the Principal Investigator in the Office of the President, University of California.  He supports a university system of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. The UC system has more than 285,000 students, 227,000 faculty and staff, an operating budget of $39.8 billion, and two million living alumni.  Sprott also serves on the UC Non-Discrimination Committee. 

Sprott has been on the proverbial “front lines” of workplace investigation over two decades.  Since 1998, Sprott has worked in the private sector as well as the state and federal government, serving as both an internal and external investigator.  Sprott is the author of “Competitive and Fair: The Case for Exporting Stronger Extraterritorial Labor and Employment Protection,” published in 2010.  Sprott has been with AWI since 2020 and has been an AWI-CH since 2022.   

As an active-duty Air Force JAG officer, in addition to investigations, Sprott took over 70 courts-martial to verdict, both as a federal prosecutor and public defender.  For his efforts, Sprott was awarded an Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and an Air Force Achievement Medal. 

From 2016 to 2017, Sprott deployed to just outside Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  There, in addition to supporting 2300 missions and six combat units, Sprott rapidly identified, investigated, and coordinated the legal response to potential Geneva Convention violations.  For this, he received the personal gratitude of the United States Ambassador to Iraq and Acting Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.  In addition, he received an Air Force Commendation Medal for humanitarian support and expediting the liberation of 1.2M citizens of Iraq.  In 2017, he was selected both as the Expeditionary Center’s and the Air Mobility Command’s Kuhfeld Award winner as the Outstanding Judge Advocate.  In the reserves since 2020, Sprott was recalled to active duty in the summer of 2022 to support the uptick in operations related to the conflict in Europe. 

In his spare time, Sprott currently serves in the Air National Guard where he manages all public defender offices in the Ninth Circuit and is also a member of the congressionally mandated Defense Counsel Assistance Program.  Sprott also coaches youth rugby and flag football in the small east Bay Area town in which he resides.  Sprott is the vice chair of his city’s Diversity Commission and serves as the Diversity Liaison to the Education Commission.