Virtual Employment Investigations: Expert Advice to Navigate Today’s Biggest Challenges
By Axiom Law
The rapid shift to remote work has generated new challenges for employment investigations. Labor and employment lawyers must now conduct most employment investigations virtually, complicating the overall process. Virtual investigations raise a new set of concerns about privacy, security, and data access. They are also crucial to get right, as inadequate investigations and reports can open up companies to litigation risks.
In our recent webinar on navigating virtual employment investigations, experts on labor and employment law addressed what legal leaders must do now to manage their investigation programs, and shared concrete steps to conduct successful virtual investigations. In a virtual environment, legal leaders must:
- Create consistent, thorough investigations protocol to avoid litigation on inadequate reports
- Choose the right investigators with proper training
- Consider how unconscious bias may negatively impact the investigation
- Preserve investigation data to maintain defensibility, especially when performed virtually
- Identify takeaways from investigations, and build them into HR or legal processes to continuously improve report quality and avoid future issues
- Use learnings from today’s environment – incorporate virtual investigations as a part of future investigation strategies
Speakers included Axiom labor and employment attorneys Saloni Mavani, Hannah Perkins, and Liza Ring, and moderator David Feldman, Axiom solutions marketing director.
You can watch the full webinar on demand, or download our summary with actionable advice and step-by-step guidance for legal leaders on best practices to approach virtual investigations.
For an overview of the insights shared during the webinar, including steps legal leaders can take to address the challenges posed by virtual investigations right now, download our summary of the conversation.
Get to know Ian Williams, an experienced Axiom lawyer who specializes in labor and employment law in Chicago who benefits from Axiom’s flexible employment model.
Axiom lawyer Dina Maxwell has built a career around an interest in privacy legislation, data governance, and data access.