Workplace Investigations - Avoiding this Litigation Landmine
Employers across the US conduct employee relations investigations every day. These fact-findings uncover problems, hope to limit legal liability and solve employee relations problems. Some laws require an investigation. Other laws require investigations as a means for an employer hoping to limit their legal liability. As such, investigations are a common and necessary function of HR.
More so today than ever, harassment claims in the workplace are a hotbed for litigation and EEOC claims. This presentation will focus on key policies, procedures and training to put in place to try to avoid harassment claims of all types through the use of effective and legal investigations, steps to take to respond to allegations of harassment or improper conduct in the workplace, and proper steps to take once a claim has been filed. The presentation will focus on investigating all types of harassment and discrimination, as well as common issues that may violate company policy, such as bullying in the workplace. Professionals will also learn the dangers that can be caused by an employee’s inappropriate use of social media or emails, and best practices to limit liability when things don’t go as planned.
- Legal standards applicable to potential claims
- Understanding harassment and importance of investigations in workplace
- Effective handling of investigations and methods to avoid costly claims
- Hypothetical situations with examples of effective investigation techniques
- Summary of Current Harassment movement and need for effective investigations
Marty Heller is Of Counsel with the firm’s Atlanta office. Marty represents public and private employers on a national, regional, and local basis in all aspects of employment litigation, including wage and hour claims, employment discrimination claims, family and medical leave claims, and employment based contractual disputes. Marty also devotes much of his practice to providing general counseling and employment advice to employers on their day-to-day employment issues, and on the implementation... View Full Profile
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