A workplace incident can occur at any time, and may range from an employee injury, harassment, theft, fraud or drug abuse. Employers must conduct workplace investigations before they decide what to do. How a workplace incident is handled can have serious repercussions for employers, including liability for extraordinary damages.
Most employers will, at some point, face a workplace incident. Sometimes, they react based on emotion rather than fact and law. This can be quite dangerous, as recent cases have placed an increased emphasis on the need for a fair and reasonable investigation before an employer decides upon a course of action. Failure to investigate is NOT and option and can limit an employer’s options and expose it to extraordinary damages if an employee is dismissed following an incomplete, or unfair, workplace investigation. MacDonald & Associates helps guide employers through the crucial steps of a thorough investigation, right through to its conclusion and, if necessary, litigation.