A reasonable investigation is a vital part of ensuring a fair process. Taking time to establish the facts behind allegations can help to ensure that employees feel they are being dealt with fairly and could ultimately save employers from unfair dismissal claims. It is vital to adopt a procedure to ensure matters are handled consistently.
The Managing Investigations guidance provides managers with information regarding when an investigation may be appropriate, who should be responsible for carrying out an investigation and the likely steps which an investigation would follow. It is not possible to be prescriptive on all potential matters therefore it is recommended that you seek the advice of your HR Business Partner if and when a situation arises.