How to Conduct Internal Investigations

When an employee approaches you about a sexual harassment or workplace violence complaint do you know how to properly handle it? When you learn about an incident of employee theft or sabotage, are you prepared to conduct an investigation? Learn how to conduct accurate and proper internal investigations.

How To Conduct Internal Investigations

By Albert L. Vreeland

When an employee approaches you about a sexual harassment or workplace violence complaint do you know how to properly handle it? When you learn about an incident of employee theft or sabotage, are you prepared to conduct an investigation? If you said "yes" to these questions, how have you ensured that your internal investigations are being handled correctly?  Conducting an accurate internal investigation may play the most vital role in saving your organization from further workplace and legal complications.

What Is This Report About?

How to Conduct Internal Investigations is a very useful report that should be taken advantage by all managers, supervisors, and HR personnel.  Broken up into 6 sections, this report includes important and useful information that will help you ensure that proper internal investigations are conducted.  Here´s a look:

-        Selecting the Investigator - identify the ideal qualities that good investigators should possess (such as their legal knowledge, ability to be a good witness in court, their authority within the organization, their ability to be impartial, etc) and whether the investigator should be internal or external to the company 

-        Protecting the Investigation: the Attorney-Client Privilege - provides insightful information on how to protect the investigation, create and lose an attorney-client relationship and other types of privileged relationships, and ways to protect the "privilege" status

-        Investigation Preparation: Interim Actions - learn how to protect the complainant, prevent retaliation, and ensure confidentiality

-        Conducting the Investigation - define the scope of the investigation and identify how information should be collected and documented in addition to learning how to conduct proper surveillance and interviews

-        Drafting the Report - identify what to include in the report, what to tell the complainant, and how to handle documentation and other pieces of evidence

-        Special Issues: Sexual Harassment, Public Employers, Safety Investigations, and Accidents - includes issues to consider such as violations of privacy, obtaining warrants, due process, and more

How Will This Report Benefit You?

How to Conduct Internal Investigations is a "must read" for managers, supervisors, HR professionals, and anyone else who may be involved in an investigation process such as union stewards and the like.  Whatever methods you decide to use to analyze the costs and benefits of conducting internal investigations, it is always a good idea to have a full understanding of the process before you evaluate its worth.  This report is an ideal way to "jump start" the processes required to ensure proper internal investigations are conducted in your organization.

Every time an internal investigation is conducted, you maximize your chances of resolving a situation before it turns into a more harmful problem.  In addition, conducting proper internal investigations can be your best defense against a potentially damaging lawsuit.  On the other hand, an internal investigation also runs the risk of uncovering incidences or issues that may be unfavorable for your company, sometimes even forcing the company into a position that makes it obligated to act. 

What I Liked About It

One of the best features of this report is that it includes recommendations and handy checklists that allow for quick and easy reference.  In addition, it is easy to read and well organized, each chapter including relevant subsections.  The topics covered in the report are pertinent to the issue at hand and most readers will find the report informative and practical for their working lives.  How to Conduct Internal Investigations helps any reader become more familiar with the processes required to carrying out internal investigations and encourages readers to better develop or modify their company´s current investigative procedures.

Limitations Of This Report

While the report is informative and helpful there are a few features that are not included that might make it even more valuable to the reader.  For example, it does not include a detailed look at state-specific legal information that might be useful for investigation purposes such as individual laws on surveillance issues. Another feature that the report does not include are sample forms, documents, interview questions, etc that might be useful in helping individuals who want to apply the information learned in the report to their own internal investigations.

Other Important Information

-        61 pages

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About the Author

Albert Vreeland is a graduate from the University Michigan Law School and Cornell University´s School of Industrial & Labor Relations.  He is currently the Managing Shareholder of Lehr Middlebrooks Price & Proctor, P.C., a law firm that represents public and private employers nationally in all aspects of the labor and employment relationship.  Mr. Vreeland´s practice focuses on the defense of employment litigation and counseling on issues of corporate restructuring.

About the Publisher

M. Lee Smith Publishers Inc. offer easy-to-understand newsletters, books, and directories on employment law.  With over 22 years of experience, M. Lees Smith Publishers also provides a complete risk-free guarantee refund on all of their products if customers are dissatisfied for any reason.  For more information, check out their website at, email them at or phone them at (800) 274-6774.

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