This workshop will look at the type of cases that feel impossible to manage and bring to an acceptable conclusion and which can adversely affect teams and departments.
When and where:
Wednesday 24th February 4:00PM-5:30PM via Zoom (invitation only.)
These cases may typically include senior managers/executives performance/conduct concerns; allegations of race, sex, disability or other types of discrimination; allegations of financial malpractice; breach of governance and compliance; grievances breeding counter-grievances; complaints brought by complainants who have previously submitted multiple complaints or complaints in response to the application of disciplinary/performance management activity against them; collective grievances following organisational change processes. Familiar?
We will look at the importance of subjecting such cases to efficient, effective workplace investigations to help cut through such complaints and enable robust decision making. This will include how to identify and clarify the issues; the importance of drafting Terms of Reference, with an exercise in how to do so; building an appreciation of how a proper understanding the standard of proof enables confident fact finding; asking the difficult questions; the production of investigation reports that can withstand scrutiny, with an exercise in how to do so.
This will enable Managing Directors to ensure that colleagues commission effective investigations which will drive effective and robust decision making, backed by good employment law advice, which in turn will enable the organisation to drive well informed outcomes, with an increased likelihood of that being the best outcome available in the circumstances.Apply for trial membership
I have practised employment law for over 30 years. I am a qualified solicitor. I have appeared in several hundred Employment Tribunals and in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. I have worked in trade union legal services, in private practice for medium and large firms and in inhouse legal services.
My clients say that I give robust and pragmatic employment law advice which provides solutions and a clear direction as to what to do. I suppose that I have to say that customers are always right.
I have a long history of conducting and advising on workplace investigations. Those investigations have included complex financial conduct cases and sensitive race, sex, transgender and religious discrimination complaints. I have conducted investigations in various environments (eg. professional, technical, office and blue collar). My investigation reports are highly regarded and have been upheld as the standard to be followed in those organisations in which they have been delivered and have received approval in numerous Employment Tribunals.I have also led several panels of inquiry in various organisations in both the public and private sector.