By: Scott R. Magee
All types of businesses occasionally run into situations where they need to undertake an internal investigation. Sometimes the need for an investigation is prompted by an inquiry from a governmental agency such as the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or a state attorney general’s office. Sometimes the internal investigation is needed because an employee complained about the treatment he or she received from a supervisor or fellow employee. And sometimes it might be the result of an employee reporting what he or she believes to be broader misconduct on the part of the company or its employees. Due to the variety of topics that an internal investigation could cover, there are few rules that apply 100% of the time.