The importance of investigator neutrality

When a workplace investigator is engaged to look into a complaint such as discrimination or harassment, it is absolutely critical that the investigator be -- and appear to be -- a neutral party.

The importance of investigator neutrality 2017-03-14T14:43:49+00:00

Is your workplace investigation protected by the attorney-client privilege? Are you sure?

In my practice as a workplace investigator, I am often brought in by an employer's regular outside counsel. The idea is that as a neutral third party, I bring an independence to the investigation that might not exist (or be perceived as existing) if the employer's own lawyer were to conduct the investigation.

Is your workplace investigation protected by the attorney-client privilege? Are you sure? 2017-03-14T14:43:57+00:00

Do you do workplace investigations? Think about AWI

I've blogged before about the Association of Workplace Investigators, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of, as the name suggests, workplace investigations.

Do you do workplace investigations? Think about AWI 2017-03-14T14:44:21+00:00

Another NFL investigation underway, and an important employer lesson

We workplace investigation geeks are following the Miami Dolphins investigation involving allegations of harassment made by former Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin. Now there's another NFL investigation taking up time, money and press.

Another NFL investigation underway, and an important employer lesson 2017-03-14T14:44:23+00:00

Workplace investigations: the best of the best

One of the presentations focused on avoiding legal landmines. It provided great tips on staying in control of the investigation, including dealing with difficult and uncooperative witnesses.

Workplace investigations: the best of the best 2017-03-14T14:44:25+00:00

Investigation tip: how to respond when the complainant wants their lawyer present

By the time an employee makes an internal complaint, there is often the real possibility of legal liability (think harassment, discrimination, and the like). Not surprisingly, then, said employee may have already retained a lawyer. So what should you do if the employee says she wants her lawyer present when you interview her as part of the investigation?

Investigation tip: how to respond when the complainant wants their lawyer present 2017-03-14T14:44:53+00:00

AWI Cleveland Circle meets tomorrow

The Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) is the leading national organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of workplace investigations. I'll be kicking off the Cleveland Circle tomorrow.

AWI Cleveland Circle meets tomorrow 2017-03-14T14:44:54+00:00