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    Spy Tactics for HR Professionals - Assessing Employee Truthfulness

    Date: October 28, 2015, 11:00am – 1:00pm
    Holiday Inn, Manitowoc
    Meeting Registration from 11:00-11:15am
    Lunch will be served at 11:15 am
    Announcements at 11:50 am
    Speaker to begin at Noon
    Meeting Fees are $20.00 for non-prepaid members and $30.00 for guests
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    Human Resources professionals frequently assess truthfulness in the workplace.  Making accurate and timely credibility determinations is an essential skill, but how can you be sure someone is being truthful?  The task can be daunting.  However, there are techniques that can make the job easier; proven tips and tricks borrowed from another profession – the professional intelligence officer.  Throughout history, countries have relied on intelligence officers to develop spy networks to seek out the truth.  While there are ethical, legal, and practical considerations that prevent you from using your own spy networks in the workplace, there is no reason why you cannot borrow, and learn from, some of the other tools that spy handlers around the world have used to assess truthfulness for decades.  This presentation does just that – outlining tips and tactics that can help you determine whether someone is lying or telling the truth in the employment context and beyond.



    (1) Learn basic signs of deception, including simple clues that may indicate that someone is lying to you.

    (2) Develop tactics for detecting deceit when gathering information during employee interviews or other fact-gathering settings.

    (3) Obtain familiarity with legal and practical considerations regarding workplace use of various purported methods of detecting deception, including polygraphs, personality tests, truth serums, and hypnotism.

    Our speakers are Sofija Anderson and Matthew Kurlinski with Littler:

    Sofija Anderson Bio:  Sofija represents employers in litigation of labor and employment-related disputes in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, as well as in the arbitral forum.  Experience in both single plaintiff matters and class actions, her practice includes depending claims of employment discrimination, unlawful harassment, retaliation/whistleblowing, wrongful discharge/violation of public policy, breach of contract and more.  Sofija also has extensive experience obtaining owrkplace violence injunctions on behalf of employers and affected employees.

    Matthew Kurlinski Bio:  Matthew represents clients in state and federal courst as well as before federal, state, and municipal administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division and the Madison Equal Rights Opportunites Commission.  He defends employers in labor arbitrations and has handled appeals to the Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission, Wisconsin Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Court.  Prior to joining Littler, Matt was an attorney in the labor and employment relations practice group at a large regional law firm.  In addition, he spent almost ten years with the U.S. federal government working predominantly overseas in a variety of roles related to national security and transnational issues.