How to Conduct Effective Internal Investigations
Wiggin and Dana Partner Mary Gambardella will be presenting, "How to Conduct Effective Internal Investigations" on Wednesday, May 4. The program for young HR professionals is hosted by Southern Connecticut Chapter of SHRM.
Studies have shown that many, if not most, employees who sue their employers made an internal complaint before filing suit. Many of these suits might have been avoided had the employer conducted an objective and effective internal investigation. Furthermore, even where litigation cannot be avoided, the manner in which investigations are conducted can either bolster or deny the employer a viable defense. It is, therefore, critical for employers to quickly identify workplace issues deserving of investigation, whether they arise from a formal complaint or not, as well as implement the most effective steps to ensure a prompt, balanced, and thorough investigation. This need is especially compelling in view of the increase in "whistleblower" complaints.
This program will address:
- When to trigger an internal investigation;
- How to determine the scope of an investigation and whether and at what stage to involve in-house or outside legal counsel;
- How to select and prepare the investigators;
- How to identify the appropriate witnesses to interview, as well as how to determine the proper interview setting, technique, and particular questions to ask/avoid;
- Who can and cannot be told to keep the investigation confidential, and why;
- Documentation and evidence preservation, and the importance of litigation hold instructions; and
- Anti-retaliation considerations and how to manage current employees who trigger investigations.
For more information or to register for this program, please click here.