Conduct an Internal Investigation

Key Points

  • Employers should conduct internal investigations in response to complaints or allegations of workplace misconduct.
  • It is crucial to select a neutral third party to lead an investigation and in doing so consider bias, personal relationships and training.
  • To conduct an effective investigation, it is important to review documents, interview witnesses and employ other investigative techniques in compliance with applicable state and federal laws.
  • When the investigation concludes, the employer must weigh the evidence fairly and make a good faith determination as to the course of action it will take given the facts and circumstances.

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