Whenever an employer learns of employee behavior that’s inappropriate, unlawful, or violates company policies, it’s time to investigate. California law may require an employer investigation (e.g., for harassment), but even if not legally required, a prompt, fair, and reasonable investigation can help prevent or defend against a potential legal claim. Here’s a handy checklist for employer internal investigations.
In light of the Penn State sex abuse scandal, many institutions are considering what they would do if a criminal investigation came to their doorstep. Don’t wait for that possibility; have a plan ready to put into effect if anything like the nightmare at Penn State should happen to your institution.