Workplace Investigations Improve Company Culture. Really?

Over the last few months, I have been speaking at regional HR meetings on the topic of “Using Workplace Investigations to Drive Employee Engagement and Improve Company Culture. And although I hear some skepticism on how this could be possible, attendance has been at very high levels. When talking to the attendees, I am hearing […]

Will Your Investigator Spill The Beans? A Lesson From The White House.

Whether it’s your VP of HR, a department manager or an outside investigator, can you be sure your workplace investigator won’t jeopardize the investigation by sharing too much information? We all believe that our people know better than to share the details of an investigation with anyone who does not have a business need to […]

5 Common Misnomers Re: Employer Retaliation

We all know that the laws enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) make it illegal to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise retaliate against either job applicants or employees based upon the individual doing any of the following: filing a charge of discrimination, complaining to their employer about discrimination on the job, or participating in an employment discrimination proceeding, […]

Will There Be Over 90,000 Discrimination Charges Filed In 2017?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released the 2016 statistics for discrimination and harassment cases filed for the year, showing an increase for the second consecutive year. Discrimination charges were filed in 91,503 cases (29% being sex based claims).  The interesting point here is that the agency responded to over 585,000 calls and […]

Does This Require an Investigation?

The answer seems to depend on who you ask. Some will give you the definition of what requires an investigation under harassment discrimination laws. Others will say that you should only conduct an investigation when it is absolutely clear that an investigation is legally required, in order to avoid shining light on the situation. Most […]

Decision Maker used in investigation process may protect employers from retaliation.

The number of Harassment related retaliation claims being filed with the EEOC is continuing to increase year after year.  And since retaliation judgments can be awarded punitive damages, these can be very costly claims.  Last week the EEOC released new guidance on the definitions and applications of retaliation in the workplace, and one strong protection […]

Top 10 Investigation Challenges – Part 8; Why your labor attorney may choose not to conduct your workplace investigation.

When a complaint is received, does your company plan to contact a labor attorney as the resource to conduct your investigation? This has been the course of action for many HR professionals in the past and for good reason. Who better to conduct your investigation than an attorney with an in-depth understanding of the applicable […]

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