Conducting Employment Investigations


This seminar is designed to cover the main issues which need to be addressed when conducting an employment investigation, for example, in relation to alleged misconduct.  Recent case law has demonstrated that the investigation process will be subject to a reasonableness test if the issue eventually goes to an industrial tribunal.

The seminar will be relevant to anyone who has an interest in, or the potential to be involved in, an employment investigation.  This includes human resource officers/managers, trade union representatives, line managers, employees or employers.

An Industrial tribunal will take into account the size, nature and resources available to the employer conducting the investigation and thus the size of your organisation will be an important factor in any case that may be taken.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this seminar participants will know how to:

  • Apply and recognise how case law has informed what a reasonable investigation is.
  • Conduct an investigation using the basic provisions surrounding the W5 approach to investigations (Who, What, Where, When, Why?).
  • Write a basic employment investigation recognising the need for a tailored approach to investigations to suit the circumstances and the organisation.

The seminar will last for 2.5 hours.

Telephone Enquiry Point

The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.

The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.

While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.

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Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Us

Please note that we cannot deal with employment-related enquiries by e-mail. To receive information or advice about an employment-related issue, please telephone our Helpline on Belfast 90 321442 where an officer will speak with you directly about your query. Please note that the Agency can arrange the services of an interpreter if required.

If you have an employment relations issue in Great Britain please contact the ACAS Helpline on 0300 123 1100 .

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