Step 5: What happens after an investigation
If the employer or person investigating feels they need more information, they can go back and investigate again.
- try to do this in reasonable time
- tell the employee about any delays completing the investigation
Making an investigation report
When there's enough information and the investigation is finished, the employer should have a written report. The employer should share this report with the employee.
For more help writing investigation reports, you can download and use:
- the Acas guide to conducting workplace investigations (PDF, 379KB, 36 pages)
- the Acas template for investigation reports
If the employer had a person carrying out the investigation for them, that person can give recommendations for next steps, if this was agreed in the investigation plan.
If the person investigating is to give recommendations at the end of the investigation, they should recommend one of the following:
- formal action
- informal action
- no further action
Formal action could be:
- to initiate a disciplinary hearing
- changes to an organisation’s policy or procedure
- further investigation into other matters that were found
Informal action could be:
- training or coaching for parties involved
- counselling for parties involved
- mediation for parties involved
- notification that further similar action might end in disciplinary action
No further action
The person investigating might still suggest anything that could help the workplace and the people involved, for example:
- another form of support
Carrying on with the disciplinary or grievance procedure
Now they have more information, the employer should check again if the issue can be resolved informally.
After an investigation, the employer might find there's no evidence to carry on with the disciplinary or grievance procedure. In this case, they should end the procedure and tell the employee in question there'll be no further action.
If the employer finds there's an issue that cannot be resolved informally, they should carry on with the procedure for either: