Ius Laboris provides expert guidance to employers on the employment rights of their employees.
The employment contract of each individual is their starting point – and vitally important to get right. We offer advice on terms and conditions and on any unusual or tricky areas, such as non-competition clauses. The better the employment relationship is set up, the better the chances it will continue and thrive.
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Internal investigations are a vital part of a security program. It’s a serious matter when an employee is alleged to be violating company rules. So-called ‘insider threats’ can cause as much damage as thieves outside. These threats come in many different forms, including:
Outright theft of physical assets
Unauthorized access, to manipulate data or to sell it
Threats, sexual harrassment or other inappropriate forms of behavior or communication
Internal investigations aim to uncover the truth about alleged misconduct within the organization. But a good internal investigation must do so without compromising the relationship with innocent employees or unnecessarily damaging anyone’s reputation. That calls for good planning, consistent execution, analytical skill, sensitivity and a solid grasp of the legalities involved.
Internal Investigations | White Collar
Sidley lawyers have extensive experience in conducting internal investigations for major U.S. corporations, both in the United States and abroad, including in China, Korea, Hungary, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Thailand, Poland, Italy, Philippines, India, Venezuela and Brazil. Sidley’s team includes many former federal prosecutors and SEC enforcement lawyers.
Sidley lawyers have conducted investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, healthcare fraud, FDA violations, executive improprieties, insider trading, market manipulation, accounting fraud, defense procurement/government contracting fraud, environmental violations and many others.
The only thing worse than conducting an internal investigation is conducting one poorly. And getting it right can be tough. There are a lot of moving parts—different constituencies with different agendas, reams of documents, dozens and dozens of interviews and don’t forget attorney-client privilege. Sometimes the stakes are incredibly high. How can you manage it all and get the job done right? A few tips from professionals who understand the day-to-day issues of internal investigations may give you the advantage you need.
There’s no standard, cut-and-dried internal investigation. Each is different. Some are run-of-the-mill, some are high profile. Some are triggered by an internal reporting or monitoring system, tip line or even social media. Others by whistleblowers. Sometimes, a previously improperly conducted investigation is the impetus for a whistleblower’s complaint and a new investigation.