What do you do when:
An anonymous caller states that one of your employees is illegal?
A supervisor receives an anonymous call that one of his employees is using drugs?
These kinds of “tips” alone are not a basis for taking action against an employee.
In the case of the illegal alien report, you may want to review your I-9 documentation. Your good faith efforts at the time of hire (and reverification if required) to check for appropriate and valid documentation should be sufficient if there have been no other red flags.
For the tip of the employee using drugs, review attendance, performance and other behaviors to see if there have been any signs that would indicate substance abuse.
In other words, be alert but don’t assume such reports are fact since such calls may be made by someone who has a vendetta against the employee. Also be careful in sharing the tip information with others to avoid a defamation charge.
If you have questions on this issue, please call CAI’s Advice and Resolution team at 919‑878‑9222 or 336‑668‑7746.