Part Three of this three-part series on employment investigations for religious organizations addresses how to best handle the wrap-up of an investigation, including reporting the findings and taking remedial action.
Part Two of this three-part series on employment investigations for religious organizations presents tips and best practices for conducting the investigation, highlighting how to avoid some pitfalls.
Part One of this three-part series on employment investigations for religious organizations introduces the importance of these investigations and how to develop a framework for conducting them.
Telios Law outlines a recent case on how missteps in an internal HR investigation of a sexual harassment complaint ended up costing an employer in the end.
When an employee is accused of misconduct, particularly when those allegations are criminal in nature, conducting an internal investigation is a best practice. But what is an organization to do when the alleged offender refuses to show up for an interview? May it go so far as to fire the employee, even if that means the employee loses out on benefits or other compensation? A recent case from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals says it can.
If your organization is in the United States or other countries with well-established child abuse reporting laws, then reporting is simple. If the alleged abuse happened in a country where reporting protocol is not established—or you have a multijurisdictional nightmare—or abuse that is historic—it may not be clear whether and how to report.
Some issues I am wondering about just now. How long a perpetrator is required to be disciplined, punished, under observation, or under some kind of special plan? There are psychological aspects of a safety plan in the aftermath of an investigation...
A good investigation requires many complex skills that include managing the investigation, doing interviews, and making credibility determinations. A credibility determination requires the investigative team to analyze the facts and decide the truth of the matter, sometimes with conflicting evidence. The investigation must be done skillfully and must consider legal issues.
Mr. Barth believes that public administrators can learn a great from the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, given that the guiding principles for large bureaucracies are similar to the large religious organization. He wrote a great article called “Crisis Management in the Catholic Church: Lessons for Public Administrators.”
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