Workplace investigations at elementary schools are unlike most employment investigations. Though the claims are often similar — harassment, discrimination and retaliation — the witnesses may include minors, students with disabilities, and non-employee witnesses such as parents. Investigators must be aware of student privacy rules, certificated and classified personnel rules, and the rules of mandated reporting. This webinar will provide an overview of the potential issues that may arise in a school investigation and how to navigate them. We will discuss the Family and Educational Rights Privacy Act and how it is implicated in investigations; mandated reporting and Lybarger admonitions; and the laws and rules that govern the discipline of certificated employees and what they mean to the investigation report.
Disclaimer: The contents of this webinar and the positions taken are those of the presenter only, may be time sensitive, and are not warranted, endorsed or otherwise recommended by AWI and are not intended to provide legal advice.
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Lisa Buehler is an attorney investigator at Buehler Workplace Investigations. As one of California's most experienced attorney investigators, I conduct complex and sensitive investigations for private and public employers and Title IX misconduct investigations on campus. In 2020, in response to the increasing importance for employers and educational institutions to address racial inequality and sexual misconduct, I changed the focus of my investigations practice to conduct a limited number of investigations. This allows me to conduct investigations promptly and efficiently, and enables employees to return to inclusive workplaces and students to safe educational environments.