As a business owner, at one point or another, you will likely have to investigate one of your employees. The responsibility falls on you to act quickly and effectively at the first sign of a problem.
If any misconduct has occurred, you want to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible. It will also be on you to ascertain the facts and decide how to act correspondingly and according to the law.
Once an investigation is underway into an employee’s actions, you will need to inform the employee that they are under investigation. Our template for notifying an employee of an investigation should help you to follow this process formally.
The word document can be downloaded for free below. We hope this makes managing your small business HR needs a little easier!
The Team at SINC
Knowing when you need to investigate is an important part of running a successful business. You want to be sure you don’t miss any red flags that you or other employees notice. An investigation will be the logical next step when:
There are a few different ways a company can conduct an investigation. Here are some general guidelines for you to follow.
Letter Informing Employee they are Subject to Investigation:
This letter is to inform you that the company has made the decision that it is necessary to conduct an investigation concerning your actions [list employee actions]
The company representative in charge of the investigation is [name of company representative]. The proposed outcome of the investigation is to gather as much information as possible concerning this incident from a range of people involved.
We plan for the investigation to be completed by [date]. When we have completed our investigation, you will be informed of the findings be asked to attend a disciplinary hearing.
You may be asked to attend an investigation meeting with the person in charge to explain your account of what happened. If this is the case, you will be provided with the date and time in advance.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss anything information you might have in regards to the investigation, please contact [name of the person in charge of the investigation]. Their contact details are [contact details]
We ask that you keep these matters confidential to ensure this investigation is conducted in a fair manner. A breach of confidentiality could result in disciplinary procedures.
Please note that you are still required to attend work as usual [unless you feel a suspension is necessary, then amend this section]
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