Human Resources

Misconduct Investigator Training

Course Code: 01-09-HR64

Conducting a lawful, fair, thorough investigation into alleged employee misconduct requires a firm grasp of Just Cause principles, constitutional considerations, and a clear understanding of investigative authority. Misconduct Investigator Training is designed to provide the skills necessary to conduct efficient, objective and legally sufficient inquiries into workplace behaviors that may not comport with agency performance expectations.

This course is designed for those Human Resource professionals and investigators who routinely conduct inquiries into reported concerns of workplace misconduct or Appointing Authorities who want a better understanding of what to look for in the disciplinary decision-making process.

Performance Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Analyze reported concerns of alleged workplace misconduct.
  • Know how to identify your scope of authority.
  • Strategize, plan, and conduct an ethically sound investigation.
  • Apply Just Cause principles to the investigative process.
  • Understand what questions are relevant and how much evidence is required.
  • Examine the difference between the Liability and Penalty phases.
  • Respect Constitutional rights afforded to represented and non-represented employees.
  • Conduct a mock investigation and practice interviewing techniques.
  • Use the legal framework of IRAC to guide the investigation and write the report.
  • Competencies Covered: Increase knowledge and enhance skills related to employee misconduct investigations, strategize, and conduct a lawful investigation, and stay within the scope of authority to avoid personal legal and agency liability.