Employee Investigations and Background Checks

One way we can assist private companies is by gathering information about employee-related issues, such as injury claims, long-term sickness and moonlighting.

Discreet Investigation

Employers wishing to investigate staff that are deliberately undermining the company often feel trapped, considering the complex legalities surrounding the employment relationship. The need for discretion in any workplace investigation is paramount. Our private investigators work closely with a number of HR departments and directors to protect businesses against rogue employees and financial losses.

Employee Investigations may be investigating the claims or severity of an accident at work or the need for long term sick leave, or we may assist with solving cases of workplace theft. This may involve surveillance and person tracing, among other services. Where there is a specific accusation, we provide proportional solutions that are not only optimal for the particular problem at hand, but also in line with all employment contracts and relevant legislation.


We plan our investigations meticulously to leave nothing up to chance, and we keep employers up to date at every stage. Many of our clients say this is why they see us as trusted partners of their business, working towards a shared goal. We provide robust reports which are admissible as evidence in court, so that you are not limited to employment tribunals. Our investigators will be prepared to stand as witnesses, in the event that this is required.
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  • Complementary Consultation & Collaborative Planning
  • Reports Presented to Admissible Evidential Standards
  • Experienced Across all Areas of Employee Investigations

Get in Touch to Discuss about Employee Background Checks

Why would I investigate one of my employee's?

There are rumours an absent employee may be working somewhere else.

Employee Investigations

When an employee is on long term sick leave, most employers treat the situation with sensitivity and offer support as best they can. If you suspect an employee of working elsewhere while receiving sick pay, you might be worried about how to investigate while respecting their employment rights and rights to privacy. By sharing details of the rumours with us, we can begin an investigation to uncover the truth of an employee’s other work using surveillance techniques. The footage captured on hidden, body-worn cameras can provide enough evidence to confront the employee and take action.

Somebody is making a false claim about my business.

Employee Investigations

If there is a claim or accusation against your business, our team can provide services to help evidence the truth beyond reasonable doubt. This may involve surveillance services to gather footage of staff, or mystery shoppers who attend the business premises to record the customer experience and behaviour of employees. We can also assist with gathering and sorting paperwork to collate proof against accusations of fraud or illegality.

Can I investigate an employee legally?

Employee Investigations

If you have reasonable cause to believe an employee is committing fraud or theft, or is breaching their contract, you can hire a private investigator to collect evidence. Our business will not undertake any illegal activity, and we take steps to ensure that our investigations are always proportional to the actions of an employee.

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Employee Private Investigation Case Studies

Concerned about a troublesome employee? Take a look at how we have supported other businesses.

Injury At Work Claim

CBF Contacted us when one of their employee’s filed a claim for discrimination and unfair dismissal, he had sustained an injury at work and claimed he was unable to return due the impact of the injuries. The employer’s insurance provider were dealing with the injury claim but the employee was refusing to engage with them and despite being offered a return-to-work on light duties, he claimed he was unable to drive or get to work and therefore couldn’t see…
Can’t Say ‘No’ to Furlough Before the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the UK, it would be safe to say that the majority of UK employees wouldn’t have been aware of the term furlough or what being furloughed actually meant in relation to employment law. It has been reported, that at the peak of the pandemic, that nearly 25% of all British employees have been furloughed meaning they would receive 80% of their typical monthly salaries and were not able…

Moonlighting Taxi Driver

Arvin Aviation Case Study   Working multiple jobs is common practice for many employees across the UK. It may be that employee feels their primary employer doesn’t have the hours available or that the employee is looking to generate more income for themselves. In most cases, moonlighting is legal and the employers are aware that the employee in question is working multiple jobs, however, there are instances whereby moonlighting can be considered an illegal practice within employment law. A…

Corporate Private Investigation Services

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We assist employers, who might otherwise avoid investigating dishonest staff because they lack experience or fear legal action.

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Lying about injuries for financial gain creates stigma and undue stress for those who rely on compensation and injury payments.

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Becoming a victim of fraud can be stressful and financially devastating so investigating it professionally and effectively is vital.

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Process servers provide a trusted method of delivery that ensures documents have been received. 

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Mystery shoppers collect vital intelligence about the customers experience and can find evidence of unscrupulous retailers.

WPCCorporate Person Tracing

Enquiry agents can conduct covert and overt enquiries, obtaining additional information to support investigations.

Employee Investigation FAQ's

More often than not the investigation will be done internally and by a line manager.

The problem with this is that they may not have the necessary investigation skills, they may be biased as they know the employee, the investigation may take longer than required and the results may not be as thorough leading to poor decision making.


The length of the investigation will depend on the nature of the case, the severity of the accusation and the level of evidence that is required. Employee investigations tend to range from 10-21 days, however some cases are solved in a couple of days and some take in excess of 30 days.

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