New Acas guidance on conducting workplace investigations

search-1013910_1920A properly conducted investigation is essential when dealing with a potential disciplinary situation or a grievance. A badly managed investigation can lead to an unfair dismissal or disciplinary sanction, or a grievance not being treated appropriately, which can result in disgruntled employees and even costly Employment Tribunal claims.

Investigations can involve a range of issues from misconduct and poor performance to bullying and discrimination. In particular, bullying and discrimination investigations can be complex and involve collating a considerable amount of evidence.

Acas has produced a new guide “Conducting workplace investigations” to help employers carry out a fair and thorough investigation, and facilitate the right decision ultimately being reached. They have also produced some useful template documentation including template letters, and a template investigation plan and report.

If you need advice on how to conduct an investigation, or you would like to discuss how HMK Legal could do this for you, please contact Helen Kay on or .

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