The following articles expand further on the importance of workplace investigations and assessments. Leaders can minimize risk to the organization through making a decision to conduct an impartial investigation and/or assessment. When properly done they should limit liability and most importantly provide valuable information and an opportunity to bring about positive change within the organization.
Despite legislation mandating that investigations must be undertaken, there are no hard-and-fastrules on how to conduct a proper workplace investigation. As a result, many employers continue to con duct investigations that may not withstand legal scrutiny. Here you can find some key legal principles and best practices for conducting effective workplace investigations.
Workplace investigations are becoming increasingly prominent in today’s workplaces. In part, this is due to fairly recent legislative changes that require employers to conduct workplace investigations in certain circumstances. Employers have also recognized the benefits of conducting investigations prior to administering discipline, to identify issues with workplace morale, and to highlight areas for improvement within their workplace culture. Additionally, in certain circumstances, properly conducted workplace investigations can be effective tools to mitigate the risks associated with litigation or arbitration.