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Acas publish updated guidance on conducting workplace investigation

Acas have published an updated guide on Conducting Workplace Investigations, along with free investigations templates and letters. Acas highlight that in potential disciplinary investigations, a flawed or incomplete investigation can undermine the disciplinary process and leave employers vulnerable to claims for unfair dismissal and that for a dismissal to be fair an employer must be able to show that they came to their decision as a result of a reasonable investigation, given all the circumstances. The guidance also confirms that investigations are just as important when a grievance has been raised.  Where the grievance is not upheld, the evidence collected during the investigation can be used to explain the reasons behind this and show an employee that their grievance was taken seriously.

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