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The majority of matters that arise in a school can be resolved informally and quickly. However, if an informal resolution is not possible, then an investigation may be necessary, especially if formal action is anticipated.
Common situations that will often require an investigation include:
Investigations are an essential part of handling certain matters within a school. In potential disciplinary investigations a flawed or incomplete investigation can undermine the disciplinary process and leave employers vulnerable to claims for unfair dismissal.
If an employer dismisses an employee, they must be able to show that they:
For a dismissal to be fair an employer must be able to show that they came to their decision as a result of a fair and thorough investigation.Investigations are just as important when a grievance has been raised. Where the grievance is not upheld, the evidence collected during the investigation can be used to explain the reasons behind this and show an employee that their grievance was taken seriously.
If you would like help with an investigation please contact: Cathy Brearley – Head of HR at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 8241 5483
Check our courses page for the next Octavo investigation skills training course.
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