conference picBy Rosa C. Franco, Chief Executive Officer, Art of Resolution

The summer of 2015 is gliding by very quickly. It’s been a busy and productive year at Art of Resolution, but we are happy for the opportunity to connect again with our LinkedIn friends and colleagues. During the course of the next few weeks, we’ll share some of our activities and some interesting EEOC cases decided since our last post.

I’m pleased to start by sharing that I will be a speaker at EEOC’s 2015 Examining Conflicts in Employment Law (EXCEL) Conference. As you know, this is EEOC’s premier annual training event and it will be held from August 10-13, 2015 in Washington, DC. This conference is particularly important this year for EEOC and the federal community, as it will mark EEOC’s 50 years as a federal agency.

I will be participating on a panel discussion entitled, “When EEO and HR Are BFFs – Ways to Improve Investigations through Partnership” with Madeline Caliendo, Associate Administrator, Office of Civil Rights, General Services Administration and Kelly Goode, EEO Officer, National Gallery of Art. We plan an interactive discussion with the audience to:

  • Identify best practices for collecting HR documents for EEO investigations to promote quality and timeliness of complaint processing
  • Identify management’s obligations in the EEO investigative process and how to best communicate with management officials
  • Identify ways for HR and EEO to collaborate without compromising the neutrality of the process
  • Pinpoint strategies to strengthen the trust and respect needed for a collaborative relationship between EEO and HR

The premise is that HR and EEO are not at cross-purposes. Working together they can leverage each other’s positions and expertise for the common good of the agency and its employees and job applicants. Please join us if you are at the conference. Our workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 10:30AM – 12:00PM.

I look forward to seeing and meeting those of you who will be attending the conference!

If you are an EEO investigator or EEO Counselor and are not planning to attend the conference, remember we offer a reasonable and well-rated annual refresher course. Click here: EEO Investigator Refresher Training

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