This training is designed for those who have an investigative role as an employee, manager or HR advisor. Best practice disciplinary/grievance and complaints investigations are essential in the effective running of any organisation. Misconduct, capability, absence, bullying, harassment or discrimination all gives rise to the need for fair and effective investigations by the employer.
Delegates learn to create an investigative plan to guide the investigation. They will interview both the subject of the investigation and witnesses. They will consider how to write best practice witness statements. The findings of their investigation must be set out to include an objective analysis of evidence in an investigative report to determine if there is a case to answer at a disciplinary hearing. They will be given a disciplinary report writing template and consider how to include and evaluate the evidence. A mock disciplinary hearing will demonstrate how evidence and the investigative procedures are challenged. Learning and development consists of plenary sessions, discussion, case studies and role-play. The course is fun, innovative and interactive with a rolling case study based on a decided employment tribunal case.
- Comply with the Burchell test in carrying out a reasonable investigation;
- Handle evidence from social media, searches, criminal charges and reluctant witnesses;
- Conducting interviews with witnesses and the subjects of the investigation
- Keep records, write statements and a report to evidence a fair investigation and process;
- Anticipate challenges to be made at disciplinary hearings.