When dealing with a workplace incident or allegations of misconduct or harassment, the importance of conducting independent, timely and procedurally fair investigations cannot be underestimated.
Our team of HR Advisors has extensive experience investigating workplace bullying and harassment claims, as well as instances of gross misconduct, completing the independent investigative process with sensitivity and care.
Many employers are not aware that under both State-based and Federal anti-discrimination legislation, employers can be held liable for one employee’s harassment of another, if the employer is unable to show that they took reasonable precautions to prevent the harassment occurring.
Employers can reduce these risks by ensuring there are policies in place and where conflict or issues arise, suitable action is taken. In some cases, independent mediation may help resolve issues before they escalate and prevent incidents, complaints or claims from arising.
It is recommended that if a business is unable to undertake an effective internal investigation in response to a workplace complaint, they look to an external party to investigate the claims.
This provides additional protection for the employer, especially when an employee raises serious allegations. Cornerstone ensures that the investigation is conducted in a timely, unbiased and professional manner.
Cornerstone’s HR professionals are trained in the investigations process through AHRI and will directly assist employers dealing with claims of discrimination, harassment, bullying, improper conduct, or any other serious employee claims. Where required, Cornerstone also works together with trusted legal and professional services partners when conducting independent investigations.