Issue: HR must walk a legal tightrope when employees are suspected of in-house theft.
Risk: A bungled theft investigation increases your organization's risk of being sued for slander or.
Action: Use the five-step plan below when faced with suspected employee theft.
Organizations spend lots of time and money shielding themselves against outside intruders, but they shouldn't overlook an equally (if not more) menacing threat: in-house thieves. U.S. employees steal more than $660 billion annually from their employers, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
When your organization suspects an employee of theft, walk a careful line, balancing the rights of the employee while protecting the organization. Here are five tips to keep in mind:
1. Zip your lip until the investigation is complete. Warn all managers who are aware of the investigation to avoid making any accusati...(register to read more)
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