Workplace Investigations

We take a look at when and how to conduct and investigation, including how to handle.a whistleblowing report


We take a look at when and how to conduct an investigation, including how to handle a whistleblowing report.

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Employers may need to conduct investigations on a whole range of issues, such as bullying, discrimination, anti-competitive practices or even commercial fraud and corruption. They may also be used to deal with a suspected violation of internal policies or ethical standards. The objectives of an investigation, the way it’s carried out and the outcome will depend on the facts of the case, but there are some guidelines that are worth considering, whatever the circumstances. Take a look at our Dos and Don’ts below.

It is automatically unfair to dismiss an employee for a variety of reasons, including: reasons related to pregnancy or maternity or family leave; reasons related to health and safety; for acting as an employee representative or taking part in trade union activities or protected industrial action; for making a protected disclosure; for making a flexible working request; or for working as a part-time or fixed-term employee. There is no qualifying period of employment to bring such claims.

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A specific type of investigation is on our minds at the moment: whistleblowing investigations. This is because in one major region of the world – the EU – there are significant developments afoot. By 17 December 2021, all 27 EU member states need to implement domestic law that will impact employers in their countries.

If you operate in the EU and you haven’t put your own measures in place yet, take a look through our resources below – and if you need more help with the practicalities, you are welcome to contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

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If you want to know more about the rules on investigations, whistleblowing, grievances or low performance management, we have information from 25+ countries in the newest chapter of our Global HR Law Guide here.

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We have summarized some of the Tekey measures governments around the world are adopting to gradually lift restrictions and enable workforces to return to some form of normality.


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