Preview: How to conduct effective workplace investigations
30 November 2011 3:08pm
Any report of unsatisfactory workplace conduct or performance needs to be investigated, says employment lawyer Brad Petley. This presentation outlines the steps to take to ensure your investigations meet the Fair Work Act's procedural fairness requirements.
Petley, solicitor director at Acumen Lawyers, warns that where procedural fairness hasn't been afforded to an employee during an investigation, it's more likely that an industrial tribunal will find they have been unfairly dismissed, or that the employer has breached the Fair Work Act's general protections/adverse action provisions.
In this seminar, originally presented for HR Daily in February 2011, he explains:
The role of the HR investigator;
Your legal obligations during investigations;
How to gather evidence and take statements from employees;
How to conduct effective interviews;
How to deal with evasive or untruthful witnesses;
When not to conduct interviews;
The impact of the Fair Work Act on investigation obligations;
How to manage employees post-investigation; & more.
The full presentation runs for approximately 60 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A, with the PowerPoint slides also available to download.
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