Many managers find themselves asked to carry out an employment investigation, often relating to grievance, disciplinary or attendance management matters. Whether you are sitting alone or as part of a panel, the task can be daunting, especially if you have limited or no experience in this area. Every case will depend on the circumstances and one size definitely does not fit all. Employment Tribunals will often comment on the quality and thoroughness (or lack of) of the investigation stage for cases which reach them.
This practical and interactive course is designed to give you an insight and understanding of how to prepare for your investigatory role, the challenges which often arise during the investigation, and the process of considering the evidence, arriving at your findings and drafting your report. The emphasis throughout will be on a practical approach to fulfilling your investigatory role with greater confidence, and there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and to ask questions.
We will cover the types of investigation you might be asked to carry out, and explore some of the practical guidance arising from recent case law. With reference to a Case Study, we will work through the planning, implementation, decision-making and report writing stages of an investigation. There will be informal opportunities to consider and practise key skills such as listening and questioning. We will also cover how best to deal with unforeseen challenges such as delays, counter grievances and refusals to co-operate.
By the end of the training you will:
- Understand what is required for a ‘reasonable’ investigation
- Understand the investigator’s role and remit
- Gain knowledge of practical guidance issued by Employment Tribunals
- Understand the main stages of an investigation and what is required at each
- Further develop your listening and questioning skills
- Have greater confidence in dealing with the unexpected during the investigation process
- Share ideas and experiences with others who may be called upon to conduct investigations
Please note that the cancellation policy for our public training courses is as follows:
More than 3 weeks prior to the course start date - No cancellation fee payable.
Less than 3 weeks prior to the course start date - 100% of total fees payable or free transfer.
More than 6 weeks prior to the course start date - No cancellation fee payable.
Less than 6 weeks prior to the course start date - 100% of total fees payable or free transfer.
Substitute delegates will be accepted at any time at no cost.
Full joining instructions for the course will be emailed to you at least five working days prior to the course. In the meantime, if you have any queries please contact a member of our team on 028 9016 0587 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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