Where an employer is carrying out a disciplinary investigation into an employee’s misconduct at work, what are the implications if the police become involved?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 7 March 2017
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox

The initiation of criminal proceedings and police involvement can have certain implications in terms of how a workplace investigation is carried out. It is important to note that an employer must generally make its own enquires despite the commencement of a police investigation. The employer cannot, for instance, simply conclude that an offence has been committed where an employee has been charged with a criminal offence. Dismissal is an employment and not a criminal matter. The key issue for employers, as in all such disciplinary matters, will be to carry out a reasonable investigation.

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox

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