Consequences, Rebuttals, and Employee Acknowledgments

As an employer conducting an internal investigation, you’re not bound by legal hurdles like proving that the employee is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” or “by a preponderance of the evidence.” Instead, your burden lies in:

1. Conducting a good-faith investigation in a timely manner

2. Reaching a fair and reasonable conclusion

Therefore, in all that you do, you must pass a test of predictability and consistency. Predictability in discipline requires that you respond in the same fashion to all similar employee offenses. Consistency in discipline requires that all employees be treated in a similar manner. The best place to demonstrate your predictability and consistency is the Consequences ...

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