Internal Investigations

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    Have you ever dealt with that one employee who seems to exist for the sole purpose of giving HR and management one big headache? These are problem employees and they are everywhere. No organization is exempt from their disruptive behavior or their negative effect on the morale of the remainder of the workforce. At best, they may simply be time...

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    There is no federal law that obligates employers to adopt or follow any specific disciplinary process. In the vast majority of states, the default rule is that employment is at will, which means that the employer or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason (or no reason) unless a law or agreement...

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    In a perfect world, employers with the right recruiting acumen could hire honest, loyal, drug-free, hard working employees who would work without incident and would leave their personal problems at home. But in the real world employees are people, who come to work with all the attendant baggage that people carry. As a result, workplace conflicts...

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    An employee comes to you with a complaint. How do you conduct an investigation -- without placing your organization at risk for costly litigation? It's easier than ever for an employee to turn a simple complaint into a full-blown discrimination or retaliation lawsuit. To protect your organization, you must have an effective strategy in place...
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    Both state and federal law require employers to conduct a prompt, thorough investigation when claims of harassment, discrimination, and more are presented. Although that may seem logical, how do you know you're on the right path and that your investigation won't make things worse? Employees at a Minnesota hotel started a false rumor that...
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    How do you apply HR policies to an employee who's been accused of a crime -- or an employee in jail? What's your first course of action when a hand-cuffed employee is led out of the building to a frenzy of reporters and onlookers? Or worse ... you hear your employees are afraid to come to work because a co-worker's spouse, who just finished...
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    The EEOC is awarding millions to employees (and to their plaintiff attorneys) for race discrimination and sexual harassment suits. Why? The employers botched the internal investigations into the employee complaints. Do you know the first course of action when an employee complains a co-worker is guilty of harassment? Let an attorney experienced...
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    When employee anger turns to violence... "Steve's come back. He's in the lobby and he's acting strange. He's very angry," Kim whispered on the phone just before the line went silent. Kim, the HR director, had to act NOW. What would you do if an ex-employee stormed into your office with a gun? Does your organization have a policy in place to deal...
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      What would you do in an employee came to you with a sexual harassment claim? What if someone reported an employee stealing? What's your first course of action? How can you prevent the complaint from escalating into a lawsuit? Learn the right way to conduct a workplace investigation and shield your organization from legal danger by...
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