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Webinar: The Workplace Investigations Virtual Masterclass
November 23 @ 6:00 am - 2:00 pm AWST
This masterclass will explain that not every workplace incident requires an investigation. Often the incident is discrete, minor and needs consultation, a solution that is respectful and healing. There are different types of investigations based on the nature of the incident. How you investigate an allegation of fraud differs markedly from an investigation of sexual harassment. Choosing the right path and process is critical to building a respectful culture and defensible decision making.
Andrew will cut through the legal language to provide a simple guide on how to investigate workplace incidents, when to engage lawyers and experts, the preparation and process of investigating and making findings and the policies that are critical to support a lawful, useful and defensible investigation.
Investigations are part of an employer’s safety and Human Resources systems. Investigations provide a mechanism to determine the level of risk regarding a workplace hazard (for example Bullying or Sexual Harassment) and prove clarity as to the appropriate control.
During this training you will learn:
- When to investigate and who should be the investigator-when to use lawyers and legal professional privilege?
- What is the correct process based on the subject matter of the incident?
- Who should be the decision-maker who receives the investigation findings and how should they be quarantined?
- What are the relevant policies and processes and what must the polices permit and not include- for example the policies must permit an investigation without a complainant?
- When can you suspend an employee, does it have to be on pay and what is the contractual and common law right to suspend?
- What is an allegation at law?
- What are the correct process with witnesses, the complainant and the respondent?
- Findings, reports and recommendations-know what the burden and standard of proof is when to go beyond mere findings to determinations of legal matters (e.g. Discrimination, harassment etc.) and the making of recommendations.
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