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Airtight Workplace Investigations

When an employee has a complaint of discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, theft, drug abuse, inadequate security or other serious issue, if you don’t have a plan in place for investigating these issues, you could be leaving your company open to liability.  This course is designed to provide a uniform process for an investigation so that an organization can conduct an airtight and meticulous examination without risking further legal troubles. 

In this session, participants will learn:

  • Steps for receiving an employee complaint including techniques to get the most information surrounding the allegations
  • The information that must be disclosed to the employee during the complaint
  • How to craft an investigative strategy that limits your company’s liability
  • How to choose an objective investigator and know when to bring in a third-party investigator
  • How to gather relevant documents including best practices for documentation and strategies for getting management to document
  • How to maximize witness interviews to uncover the facts
  • How to use the element of surprise as an effective interviewing technique
  • The confidentiality issues that must communicated to witnesses
  • How to safeguard the rights of a witness (and your company) with the right documents
  • How to recognize the potential for retaliation during a witness interview
  • How to keep the investigation on track
  • How to draft an airtight investigative report
  • A post-investigative strategy

Format:  2 hours- 2 days (depending on level detail desired)

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