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Workplace Investigations

Workplace InvestigationsWorkplace investigations are not a favorite, but necessary part of human resources management.  This investigative process requires requires a high level of carefulness so that employment laws are not violated.  During the investigation interviews, managers should listen carefully to each side of the story and not rush to judgement.

There are many different reasons for conducting workplace investigations.  The most common are:
  • sexuall harassment
  • discrimination
  • fraud or theft
Starting an internal investigation swiftly when a complaint is filed is the key.  External parties - such as lawyers, EEOC or DOL - often get involved in the investigation soon.  Whether external parties are present or not, during the conducted investigation HR needs to focus on question related strictly to the case at hand and document the whole process.

How to Conduct an Investigation in the Workplace

So many aspects are involved.  Some of the most important ones are:
  • Gathering all the necessary data (complaint, evidence, witnesses, etc.)
  • Establishing a chain of custody and a confidential retention process
  • Use a standard format in documentation
  • Follow best practises
The legal obligations of an organization to conduct an internal investigation are often precisely defined.  With everything else going on in HR, this can easily become overwhelming.

HR Investigation Process Training

Workplace investigations can become a nightmare without proper training.

Knowing how to handle the complex process of a workplace investigation therefore is key for avoiding any unnecessary legal liability.  Our workplace investigations webinars give you precise guidelines and answers in a clear and concise manner.  Don’t overwhelm yourself and/or tread into the legal pitfalls involved.  Browse through the available training below and select the investigation training that will keep you and your organization safe.

Most Popular Workplace Investigations Courses

Here are some of our the workplace investigations courses our customers value the most:
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How To Conduct A Bullying Investigation
This program will cover the intricacies of conducting a harassment investigation. We will discuss investigation topics from the first steps of an investigation to writing a formal report.
Root Cause Analysis In Accident Investigations
Join us for this detailed training session that takes you through the steps of an accident investigation, shows you how to find the actual cause, and how to develop effective corrective actions.
Safety PR: What To Say When A Serious Incident Occurs
This session will identify key rules for speaking to audiences during a crisis - and help you see where your organization might be at risk if you haven't implemented and tested a Crisis Communication Plan.
Tips For Surviving An OSHA Inspection
Join us for this 90-minute audio conference when our safety expert will address handling inspections, safety complaints and investigations, enforcement actions, and inspector requests for documents during and following an inspection or investigation.
Safety PR: What To Say When A Serious Incident Hits Your Organization
This session will identify key rules for speaking to audiences during a crisis - and help you see where your organization might be at risk if you haven’t figured out what you will say when that time comes.
Whistleblower Protection Program Requirements
In this session, we will discuss the rules of the Whistleblower Protection Program, including how to take proactive steps to avoid potential investigations and ensure that you have defensible policies in place should an investigation arise.
How To Deal With Political Interference When Performing A Workplace Investigation
Learn how to pave the way for a great case, deal with political challenges and obstacles, and get a case closed without losing your sanity.
Retaliation 101: How To Avoid Or Manage Retaliation Claims
Human Resources Departments need to be aware of how broadly – or narrowly - retaliation is defined and what internal steps can be taken to reduce the risk of claims.
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