HR and Internal Investigations

In the majority of organizations, the task of conducting internal investigations into allegations of employee misconduct typically falls to the HR or Employee Relations department. Unfortunately, not all HR professionals who have been given these responsibilities are properly equipped to undertake them. Additionally, even with HR professionals who have the capability to conduct an investigation, the issue of bias often arises. In larger organizations, Employee Relations teams are generally tasked with conducting investigations into serious allegations such as harassment, discrimination, and retaliation and the HR team is generally tasked with navigating Employee Relations’ conflicts and departmental issues. However, in small to medium size organizations there often isn’t the luxury of a dedicated Employee Relations team and HR is left to juggle a myriad of responsibilities on top of handling an investigation. That is where we come in at RPC.

We are a licensed private investigations agency in the State of Florida and work as external investigators to conduct investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, bullying, conflict of interest, FMLA abuse, and other types of employee misconduct.

How we work with our clients:

Step 1: Establish a relationship: We first begin with a conference call or in-person meeting to discuss the case.

Step 2: Case Assessment: We will ask a lot of fact-finding questions to get the background on the case and determine if we are the best fit for you as an external investigator. We will also assess if the case can be worked virtually or if the case will require an investigator to work on-site or at various sites. Important note: RPC is licensed in the State of Florida; however, we have the capability to conduct investigations virtually anywhere.

Step 3: Engaging us to Conduct an Investigation for you

Our investigators are all seasoned professionals, either licensed private investigators or labor and employment law attorneys, and come from a variety of career backgrounds. Some of our investigators have worked as HR consultants and attorneys, and others have more asset protection and corporate security backgrounds to investigate cases involving workers’ comp fraud, conflict of interest, and theft cases. All of our investigators have been conducting investigations for more than 25 years.

The cost to hire an external investigator depends upon numerous factors, such as the location(s) to where an investigator must travel, the approximate length of the investigation, whether or not the case is based in the U.S., if surveillance assistance will be needed, if multiple investigators will be needed on the case, as well as simply the type of case.

Generally speaking, HR and employee relations’ cases involving allegations of harassment or discrimination, the average employee relations’ case, such as a sexual harassment case, is approximately 30-40 hours. Our billable hourly rate is $325 per hour, prorated to the quarter hour. So, a 30-hour case is $9,750. However, more complex cases of course require more hours of investigation. For cases that may only take an investigator a day or so to wrap up, the cost may be less than $3,500. So, there are many factors that affect the cost for hiring an external investigator. However, our initial consultations are always complimentary and after that we can determine which of our investigators is a “fit” for the case. And, we can then provide a cost breakout and prepare an investigative services agreement.

We are happy to discuss your situation and determine the best way to help you manage your employee relations’ issues.

For more information, please contact us at (800) 517-7129.

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