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Can investigating managers pass on info to colleagues?

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  • Can investigating managers pass on info to colleagues?

    I know someone who is being investigated at work. They gave a whole pile of information to the investigating manager. The investigating manager passed it onto another manager, who has acted on some of the information to try and build up the case for the first investigating manager by quizzing his own line employees for additional info.

    Is this allowed? I presume it is, as it can be said to be all part of the "bigger case". But I just thought I would ask in case there is also a rule on "confidentiality", i.e. anything you say to an investigating manager should not be shared by the latter with others.

    I would be grateful if anyone knows for sure, thanks.
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    It is normal that as part of any investigation there may be the need to interview other employees and gather information. It may be that the investigating manager deemed it appropriate for the relevant employee's line manager to carry out this part of the investigation.

    All managers in the business should understand the sensitivity of dealing with an investigation and ensure that information that has been provided does not become "open" information but that those asked to contribute to the investigation have the right information in order to to carry out a thorough and objective investigation.
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