Businesses often don’t have the time to deal with the (generally unwanted) headaches and hassles of managing complex Human Resources matters. We can help you navigate through the potential minefield of dealing with employee issues, either face-to-face, or at the end of the phone, or via email – whatever your preference. As an impartial third-party consultant, we can help to look at the issue from an outside perspective and provide you with sound, practical, commercially focused HR advice. The first step is to look at whether there are reasonable grounds for concern.
When it comes to investigations, which can often be complex and emotionally charged, whether this relates to a disciplinary, grievance or accident investigation, you can tap into our expertise and experience to undertake the investigation for you, meet with witnesses, take statements, look through email accounts and CCTV footage, and provide you with a timeline of events, a fact check and a summary report to help you decide on your next steps.
An investigation shouldn’t be viewed as a ‘checklist’ exercise – the right questions need to be asked, depending on what the evidence dictates, and the key is to be open-minded, methodical and thorough.
We can also help you prepare your hearing bundle (all the documents relating to a case) should you be facing a tribunal claim, whether this is an unfair or constructive dismissal claim or a whistleblowing issue. It can be costly for a solicitor to wade through all of this information, so we can provide assistance in reviewing your document disclosure and speaking to those involved to ensure essential information isn’t overlooked. embraceHR work with trusted legal professionals that we can refer you to when a court appearance is the only possible outcome.
However, we also offer mediation services to help you manage challenging situations before it gets to this stage and ideally avoid a negative outcome.