Magazine article Security Management

Workplace Investigations: A Step-by-Step Guide

Magazine article Security Management

Workplace Investigations: A Step-by-Step Guide

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****# Workplace Investigations: A Step-by-Step Guide. By Lisa Guerin; published by Nolo, www.nolo.com (Web); 350 pages; $39.99.

In the opening chapter, author Lisa Guerin sets the foundation and purpose of the book by stating that "a proper investigation is one of the most important tools an employer has for maintaining a safe and productive workplace--and staying out of legal trouble." From there, she puts forth a focused book that will help employers stay organized in any investigation.

This guide, organized in a logical manner from the general to the case specific, is divided into two parts: "Investigations Basics," followed by "Investigating Common Workplace Problems."

It is an easy read that is peppered throughout with examples, "dos" and "don'ts," checklists, sample questions, references, and lists of additional guidelines. The second part of the guide offers many specifics with recommendations, detailed structure, and pitfalls to avoid in workplace investigations dealing with discrimination, harassment, workplace theft, threats, and violence. …

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