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How to conduct effective and legal workplace investigations

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in Employment Law,HR Management,Preventing Workplace Violence,Records Retention

by Sam Diehl and Meghann Kantke, Esqs.

Eventually, every employer will have to investigate some sort of workplace concern. Whether because of a dispute between co-workers or a need to address unethical or unlawful behavior, workplace investigations are an important and delicate exercise. The following tips will help investigations produce useful results.  

Know when to investigate

Almost anything can trigger the need to investigate: suspected misconduct, rules violations or even a sudden decline in an employee’s morale, behavior or performance.  Investigations may follow suspected substance-abuse, threats made by an employee against others, as well as instances of workplace theft.

Employers have a legal duty to investigate whenever there is reason to suspect unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation. Workplace safety issues also require prompt action.

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