Essential Guide to Workplace Investigations, The: A by Lisa Guerin J.D.

By Lisa Guerin J.D.

Investigate―and resolve―common place of work problems

place of work court cases hold severe criminal and fiscal hazards to an organization, so it’s necessary to act quickly should you obtain an worker criticism. yet an useless or poorly dealt with research can land your organization in much more hassle than no longer acting one in any respect.

The crucial advisor to place of work Investigations exhibits you ways to legally and effectively examine and get to the bottom of any form of grievance or challenge. It covers universal place of work matters akin to harassment, discrimination, violence, drug and alcohol use, and worker robbery.

    The booklet courses you thru every one step of an efficient research, including:

    • figuring out even if to investigate
    • taking fast motion, if necessary
    • identifying an investigator
    • making plans the investigation
    • interviewing witnesses
    • amassing and comparing the evidence
    • taking action
    • documenting the research, and
    • following up.

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If you must make a damaging statement about an employee or former employee, stick to the facts and keep it short. 1/22 WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS Defamation Defenses Although employers can be held liable for harming an employee’s reputation, the law recognizes that employers sometimes have to talk about former employees and the reasons why they are no longer employed. Here are a few legal defenses that will protect an employer who reveals limited information in good faith: • Truth. If you are telling the truth, you can’t be sued for defamation.

Workplace Observation Sometimes, a workplace problem is obvious but the source of the problem is not. For example, you might see graffiti on an office wall, pornographic images in the lunch room, threats spray-painted in the parking lot, or money missing from petty cash. In these situations, you’ll need to investigate to find the culprit. 7. Third Party Reports Sometimes, you find out about problems in your workplace from an outsider— such as a customer, a client or vendor, an administrative agency, a lawyer, or even the police.

An experienced investigator will know what to look for, how to find it, and how to evaluate what he or she finds—and, therefore, will probably do a better job than someone who hasn’t tackled a project like this before. Experience will also come into play if a complaining party files a lawsuit claiming that the investigation was faulty. If your investigator is inexperienced, a jury is more likely to second-guess his or her decisions, question the quality of the investigation, and, ultimately, disregard the findings altogether.

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