Presented by:  Johnathan Fraser Light


Conducting Bullet Proof Investagations

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019

Time:  7:30am-9:30am

Location:  Corner Bakery  
Address:  32435 Temecula Parkway

​                    Temecula, CA 92592

Cost for Event:  Member $35
                              Non-member $45

Handling Employee Complaints and Investigations:
How should an employer handle employee complaints?

California law obligates employers to investigate all employee complaints involving potentially unlawful behavior, no matter how minor that complaint might be. How can the employer determine when the complaint is serious enough to involve unlawful behavior, and when an investigation is required? If an investigation is required, who should conduct it? What should be asked? How should it be finalized?

In this informative seminar, employment law attorney Jonathan Fraser Light will discuss the employer's obligations in responding to and investigating employee complaints. Topics will include the following:

  • Recognizing employee complaints
  • Knowing when to investigate a complaint
  • Determining who should be investigating the complaint
  • Who should be included in the investigation?
  • What questions should be asked?
  • What do I do with the complainant and accused while I'm investigating?
  • Is it confidential?
  • Do I need an attorney?
  • What do I say to witnesses?
  • What shouldn't I say?
  • How do I bring it to a close?
  • What do I tell the participants?
  • What do I tell the complainant?
  • What do I tell the accused?
  • Should I record it?
  • Where do I keep the files?
  • Do I have to share my files?
  • Training your supervisors
  • Recommended and required policies

​This program has been submitted for 1.5 SHRM and HRCI recertification credits.

Speaker Bio:
Jonathan Fraser Light, managing attorney at LightGabler, has more than 30 years of experience in the field of employment law. He is AV­ rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been named multiple times as one of Southern California's "Super Lawyers" for over 10 years. Jon and his team members consult with over 1,500 companies throughout California regarding their day-to-day employment law needs.

Jon has successful jury trial, court trial, appellate, Labor Commission and binding arbitration results in lawsuits and administrative claims involving wrongful termination, sexual harassment, race discrimination, class action, wage & hour, and other employment related matters. He has also appeared on behalf of employers with the federal EEOC and Labor Department, the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the National Labor Relations Board, and other government agencies involved with employment law issues.

Mr. Light frequently speaks to employer and human resources groups, including the Ventura County Employers Advisory Council (EAC), PIHRA, NHRA, and numerous business associations such as CPA forums, manufacturers associations, Dental and Medical Societies, and Chambers of Commerce. He lectures on topics such as avoiding sexual harassment claims, wage and hour issues, business and employment law pitfalls, diversity in the workplace, supervisor strategies, employment law updates, and preparing employee handbooks.

Beyond frequently lecturing to business groups and civic organizations on employment issues, Jon serves the community where he lives and works, as is evident by his past or present participation in the following organizations: CSUCI Business School Advisory Council; Ventura County Fair Political Practices Commission (Member); Ventura County Bar Association (Past President); Volunteer Legal Services and court-appointed mediator; Footworks Youth Ballet (board member and former Production Manager); and is a former board member of the Channel Islands Ballet (past chair), Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation (past chair), United Way Allocations Cabinet, Ventura County Taxpayers Association, and the Ventura County Boy Scout Council (past president); as well as for several years with the (2009 county champion) Newbury Park High School Mock Trial team (Assistant Coach) and Camarillo Academic Olympics (Superquiz and Test Preparation Chair). He is also a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association.

Jon is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. He is the author of two editions of the nationally acclaimed and award winning book, The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball. He resides in Camarillo with his wife, Angela, a public school teacher and college admissions private consultant . Their twin daughters live on the east coast after attending Yale and Georgetown, but the parents are surviving just fine.